Georges Braque served in the French army during World War I and was wounded. Returning to the studio in 1917 his work became freer and less schematic. In 1922, an exhibition of his work at the Salon d'Automne in Paris was acclaimed and by the 1930s his reputation was international. He continued to paint still lifes and interiors, with the 'Studio' series, begun in 1947, proving one of his most accomplished. During World War II Braque remained in Paris. His paintings at that time, primarily still life and interiors, became more somber. In addition to paintings, Georges Braque also made lithographs, engravings, and sculptures. From the late 1940s he treated various recurring themes such as birds, ateliers, landscapes, and seascapes.
In 1954, he designed stained-glass windows for the church of Varengeville. During the last few years of his life, Georges Braque’s ill health prevented him from undertaking further large-scale commissions, but he continued to paint, make lithographs, and design jewellery. He died on August 31, 1963, in Paris. "I no longer believe in anything. Objects don't exist for me except in so far as a rapport exists between them or between them and myself. When one attains this harmony, one reaches a sort of intellectual non-existence - what I can only describe as a state of peace - which makes everything possible and right. Life then becomes a perpetual revelation. That is true poetry." Georges Braque.