Gouache on paper, framed. Featuring a Cubist style artwork. Signed A. Gleizes on the lower right corner. Attributed to Albert Gleizes 1881-1953 French. 24 x 19 cm (9.4 x 7.5 in.). PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario estate
Albert Gleizes (1881-1953) was a French artist and writer known for his Cubist paintings. The artist’s painting On Brooklyn Bridge (1917), features his distinctive use of concentric forms and diagonal lines to visually convey energy. “The first manifestations of Cubism took people by surprise because their minds, ill-adapted as they are to the idea of movement, are never able, on the basis of what is in front of them, to envisage what is to come,” he once wrote. Born on December 8, 1881 in Paris, France, Gleizes worked in a fabric design studio and began painting in an Impressionist style during his teenage years. By 1910, Gleizes had begun painting in a Cubist style alongside his peers Jean Metzinger, Fernand Léger, and Henri Le Fauconnier. He along with his group of friends published the seminal treatise Du Cubisme in 1912. In the decades that followed, Gleizes founded an agrarian commune, denounced the Industrial Revolution, and became deeply involved with pre-Renaissance art and metaphysics. The artist died on June 23, 1953 in Avignon, France. Today, his works can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, among others.
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