December 21, 2009
ARTICLE: "From Fauvism to Cubism, to Constructivism
and finally to GEOMETRISM (Geometric Art & Design "
Inspired by the painting "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" by Picassso
Georges Braque broke away from the Fauvists in October 1907...
The painting of unimaginal barbarity, utterly foreign to Western
Art (ancient or modern)...these women with their shrunken expres-
sions & outlandish breasts which seem to have been hewn-out with
an ax. Unbearable! Cutting short of an explanation that might of
been advanced by the Creator...Braque exclained: "Listen Pablo!
It is as though we were supposed to exchange our usual diet for
one of Wicks & Kerosene!" This comment was probably an allusion
to the fire-eaters who performed in the Paris streets & squares
and was destined to be inscribed in the annals of Art History.
But Braque was no less shaken in is own artistic activity. In
1908 he exhibited "Houses at L'Estaque" & other works (refused
by the Salon d'Autmne) at the Kanweiller Gallery which inspired
the critic Louis Vauxcelles (the nominal father of Fauvism) to
make the following remark: "Mr. Braque is a very daring young
man...Picasso's and Derain's example have toughened him up. He
reduces Everything...places, figures and houses into Geometric
Diagrams...in fact into Cubes"
A page had been turned in the artist's life. Cubism became the
adventure of two men until the outbreak of the First World War.
When Braque died on August 31 1963 having left a vast quantity
of work to posterity he was given the honours of a National Fu-
neral. Andre Malraux (the Minister of Culture at the time)em-
phatically proclaimed: "He is as much at home in the Louvre as
the Angel is on the Cathedral of Rheims", a belated (if offi-
cial) gesture to express an acceptance of 20th-Century Art.
As Revolutionary as it was Cubism was dwarfed by the most Revo-
lutionary movement in the history of art: The Constructivists
emanating from Russia with Malevich, Listsky, Tatlin and many
others that were not just artists but designers,engineers & ar-
We are now in the 21st Century and the future is very challeng-
ing in which Geometric Art & Design surely must play a pivotal
role...GEOMETRISM has come of age!