Road near L'Estaque, 1908 by Georges Braque
Before Braque began painting the landscape of L'Estaque, in southern France, the town had been a favorite subject for Paul CÚzanne, whose 1907 memorial exhibition in Paris had a great impact on the younger artist. This painting makes visible CÚzanne's influence on Braque's developing later Cubist style. Braque employs CÚzanne's progressive gradations of color and flattened, inaccessible spaces. As CÚzanne often did, Braque left an area of canvas unpainted, in the limb of a tree. Road near L'Estaque looks forward to Cubism in its significantly restricted palette of colors, crowded space, and sharp geometric forms.