BRAQUE AND PICASSO
At that time our work was a kind of laboratory research from which every pretension of individual vanity was excluded. You have to understand that state of mind.
After Les Demoiselles d'Avignon opened the floodgates of Picasso's creativity, there followed seven years of productivity unequalled in the history of art. In this work Picasso joined forces with Georges Braque, in a partnership without precedent.
Seven months younger than Picasso, Braque was originally trained as a decorator and housepainter. In about 1902 he decided on a career as an artist and moved to Paris, where he settled in Montmartre on rue d'Orsel, a few hundred meters from the Bateau Lavoir. After two years of formal art training, Braque began his career in the fauve tradition and achieved some success. Becoming disillusioned with fauvism, he sought another means of representation. The Cézanne retrospective that commenced at the Salon d'Automne on 1 October, 1907, gave Braque the clue as to how to proceed.
Once they became friends, the interactions between Braque and Picasso intensified until by 1910 they were seeing each other almost daily. Braque likened their closeness to a cordée en montagne, the rope connecting two mountaineers as they scale an unconquered peak. 1 At the time of