Albert Eugene Gallatin, Georges Braque, 1931.
Albert Eugene Gallatin, Georges Braque, 1931.

Lecture: Uwe Fleckner

April 3, 2013
6p Reception, Kemper Art Museum; 6:30p Lecture, Steinberg Auditorium

In the Greenhouse of Painting: Georges Braque’s Studio Series as a Metaphor of Artistic Process

Uwe Fleckner, professor of art history at Hamburg University, will deliver a public lecture in conjunction with the exhibition Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928–1945.

Following his earliest Cubist works and his still lifes of the 1930s, Georges Braque's Atelier, or studio, paintings from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s form the most important series in the artist's late work. As a bold further development of his still lifes set within studio interiors, these works use the self-reflexive image of the artist's own workroom to critically question and overcome the traumatic experiences of war and the artistic unsettledness that came with them. In them, subjective view and objective subject matter oscillate in a vital creative process that is both conscious and unconscious: Braque and his critic friends likened the artist in his studio to a gardener in a greenhouse, pruning and trimming the artworks as they grow on their own into paintings.

Uwe Fleckner is professor of art history at Hamburg University and director of the Warburg-Haus, Hamburg. He is the coeditor of the collected writings of Aby Warburg and founder of the Forschungsstelle "Entartete Kunst," a research center on Nazi-era "Degenerate Art." He is the author of numerous books and articles on 18th- to 21st-century art history, especially on French and German art, art theory, and political iconography. In 2008 he was a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, and in 2011 he was the Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor of German Studies at Stanford University.

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Image credit

Albert Eugene Gallatin, Georges Braque, 1931. Gelatin silver print, 9 3/16 x 6 5/8" (sheet). Philadelphia Museum of Art: A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952.