Georges Braque - a famous artist from France since 1908, decisively moved away from an early passion for impressionism and subsequent work in the style of Fauvism. His new interest, reflecting the prevailing trends in art in Europe, was revolutionary cubism.
The tranquil picturesque sea coast - Estac port in Marseille - a paradise favorite among many artists. The painter Braque succumbed to the charm of this quiet harbor. Captivated by the ideas of cubism, he painted landscapes of nature and urban plots. The squares and rectangles of the residential areas of the port city were the best suited for writing cubic scenes. “House in Estaca” is one of such works.
The picture shows how spatial geometry fascinated the master, and how diligently he studied the construction of perspective. Marriage took the form of a cube as the basis of each image of the house, but applying the darkening effect, he achieved an illusory smoothing of volume.
Sand-colored angular low buildings look flat on the canvas thanks to the skillful play of light. The branches and leaves of trees at the upper corners of the picture look bulky and geometric, in harmony with the houses that are accumulated in the compositional center and go somewhere into the distance, beyond the borders of the picture.
The summer spent in Estaca gave the world of art a series of six paintings made in the style of cubism. However, they were not immediately accepted with a bang by the public, like everything truly ingenious. The artist puts up paintings at a personal exhibition, where acquaintance with a new course in painting prepared the audience for contemplation and cordial adoption of more radical visual decisions in the future.
"House in Estaca" is a significant creation of Braque, which played a significant role in the development of cubism and its recognition by critics and artists of other directions.
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