George Braque un-peels reputation as Cubism's second banana
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In the spring of 1907, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, both about 25, met for the first time, in one of art history’s most momentous encounters. Over the next year, they clicked, then exploded. Working on separate canvases but always in close collaboration–“two mountain climbers roped together,” as Braque famously put it–they carried out the revolution that was Cubism, sweeping away the system of single-point perspective that had ruled Western art since the late 15th century. Braque is always described as the more reserved and laconic of the pair, the Gary Cooper of modern art, but he was never shy in summing up what they did–or, let’s say, undid.