When the Germans occupied France in 1940, Braque was forced to flee, initially to the Limoges region and later to the Pyrenees, and when he returned to Paris he withdrew to his studio and lived in self-isolation through the remainder of the war. He was remarkably productive during this period, though his resulting output is striking in its austerity and its focus on basic foods, for example loaves of bread or bowls of fruit, which underscore the severe deprivation he experienced.
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