Georges Braque

The Port of Antwerp

1906
Georges Braque worked in several distinct styles during his career; this painting is characteristic of his Fauve period. In 1906 he visited Antwerp, where he painted this Belgian port scene from his hotel window. All the elements of this view, from the abbreviated brushwork to the chromatic sky, water, boats, and balcony railing, are characteristic of the Fauve style. Braque soon abandoned this bright and colourful palette to join Picasso in exploring the muted tones and fractured volumes of Cubism.
Title
The Port of Antwerp
Date
1906
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
49.8 x 61.2 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1951
Accession number
5782