Portrait of Albert Gleizes
Portrait of Albert Gleizes, 1911-1912
Oil on canvas
65.1 x 54.3 cm (25 5/8 x 21 3/8 inches)
Paris Auction Fund and Museum Works of Art Fund 66.162
In 1912, Jean Metzinger and Albert Gleizes collaborated on a treatise entitled On Cubism. Both artists were practitioners of this new, abstract approach to painting, which Metzinger had recently demonstrated in this portrait of his friend. The composition’s structural components include three main vertical areas of roughly equal size: at left the simple outlined shapes of the sitter’s shoulder and palette are presented frontally; in the center the figure is faceted and shown from different viewpoints within narrower strips; at right a shadowy profile reveals the ear and contour of the head. The structure of the brushstrokes varies within each section, and in contrast to the picture’s general grey-brown palette, brilliant hues of orange, red, and purple illuminate the central strip. Despite the image’s spatial ambiguity, Gleizes’s natty attire and his distinctive nose and eyebrows indicate Metzinger’s attention to his likeness. The overall effect is that of a reflection in a cracked mirror, a metaphor that suggests the social tensions in Europe in the years leading up to the start of World War I in 1914.
European Paintings and Sculpture, ca. 1770 - 1937
Edited BySlimmon, Ann H, and Judith A. Singsen, eds.
Contributions byRosenfeld, Daniel, et al
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1991
TypeMonographs and CollectionsExchange Exhibition, Exhibition ExchangeFrom the Collection of Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; From the Collection of The Museum of Art, Rhode
Contributions byMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandesi University., 1967
Harding, Lesley and Sue Cramer. “Cubism and Australian Art”. Victoria: The Miegunyah Press, 2009.