‘If there is no mystery then there is no ‘poetry’, the quality I value above all else in art. What do I mean by ‘poetry’? It is to a painting what life is to man (and woman). But don’t ask me to define it; it is something that each artist has to struggle to discover for themselves through there own intuition. For me it is a matter of harmony, of rapports, of rhythm and – most important for my own work – of ‘metamorphosis’. When life becomes a perpetual revelation, ‘That is true poetry’.
George Braque talking to John Richardson from ‘Braque the late works’ 1997