Oil on canvas
Unframed: 60 x 73.3 cm (23 5/8 x 28 7/8 in.)
Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.104
© Artists Right Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Widely celebrated as the one of the inventors of Cubism, Georges Braque was also an important member of the French Fauves. From 1906–7, Braque traveled between Antwerp, Paris, La Ciotat, and L’Estaque, painting Fauvist landscapes, harbor scenes, urban vistas, nudes, and still lifes. Along with Henri Matisse, Braque advanced the Fauves’ aim of liberating color from natural appearances in order to use it for purely expressive purposes. His painting Port of L’Estaque is filled with bold strokes of pure, unmodulated color, often in juxtapositions of complementary color contrasts: orange against blue, green against red, yellow against violet. The explosive palette and radical simplifications of form are intended to produce an intense sensory experience that conveys the artist’s emotional response to the motif.
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