Georges Braque’s Harbor In Normandy, painted in 1909, marks the beginning of his early Cubist style. Depicting the English Channel coast, the painting is characterized by severe geometries and a sober palette. The sky in the painting is just as full of forms as the landscape. It is considered to be one of Braque’s most important works and represents a new moment in spatial sensation.
Braque’s earlier paintings were made in the Fauvist style before he pursued Cubism. He extended synthetic cubism into an impressively decorative art and also created etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts. The painting has an 80 x 80 cm size and is currently part of a private collection.
The little-known fact about Harbor In Normandy is that it may be protected by copyright, but reproductions can be done by expert artists. However, another painting with similar imagery titled Little Harbor Of Normandy also exists within Braque’s oeuvre.
Overall, Harbor In Normandy showcases Braque’s experimentation with form to convey his perceptions of reality through unique depictions such as those found in his initial forays into cubism during this time period.