Sepia ink on paper
29 x 25 cm / 11,4 x 9,8 in
Signed lower right: Alb Gleizes 14
Sale, Sotheby's New York, February 21st 1985, n°168.
Private collection, Switzerland.
Albert Gleizes, Catalogue Raisonné, Tome I, Fondation Albert Gleizes, Somogy Editions d'art, Paris, 1998, illustrated under the n°488, p.174.
Paris 1881 - Avignon 1953
Albert Gleizes was born on December 8th 1881, in Paris and died in 1853 in Avignon, Vaucluse. French painter, drawer, engraver, philosopher and theorist, he was one of the founders of the Cubist movement - alongside Jean Metzinger he wrote the first treatise on Cubism, Du Cubisme, in 1912- and an inspiration for the Ecole de Paris. He was a founding member of the Section d'Or (name given to a group of artists who claimed themselves from Cubism, despite the absence, within its members, of the two founders of the movement : Picasso and Braque). He also took part in the writing of Der Sturm, a German magazine on Expressionism, founded in Berlin in 1910, by Herwarth Walden. His writings were at first very appreciated in Germany, especially in the Bauhaus. Gleizes spent four crucial years in New York and played a fundamental role in the development of modern art in the United States. He was a member of the Independent Artists Society and founded the Association Ernest Renan.
Gleizes often exhibited his artworks at L'Effort Moderne, Léonce Rosenberg's Gallery in Paris. He was also the founder, organizer and director of the group Abstraction-Création. From 1920 to 1935, Gleizes spent a lot of time writing and developed the Cubist esthetic.
In 1939, he retired in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where he kept on working, surrounded by disciples. During his last years, Gleizes turned towards sacred themes.
Gleizes also traduced Les Pensées by Blaise Pascal and converted to Catholicism in 1941.
His work is represented in several international and French museums. Since 2006, the Estrine museum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence has dedicated two permanent rooms to the art of Albert Gleizes.