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CUBISM / 1907-1925

Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, Charles Dufresne, Jacques Lipchitz, Jean Metzinger, etc.
Braque Georges - Gleizes Albert - Laurencin Marie - Picabia Francis - Picasso Pablo - Reth Alfred - Survage Léopold - Villon Jacques - Zadkine Ossip - Bissiere Roger - Laboureur J.-E. - Léger Fernand - Charchoune Serge - Marcoussis Louis - Lhote André - Laurens Henri - Gonzalez Julio - Severini Gino - La Fresnaye (de) R. - Gris Juan - Kupka Frantisek - Archipenko Alexander - Malévitch Kasimir - Delaunay Robert -

In 1907, Picasso’s painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, heralded the birth of Cubism, as a new art movement. Its founders were Picasso and Braque; they found their inspiration in l’Art Nègre, in early Iberian art, and in the works of Paul Cézanne, who once recommended: “Treat nature in terms of spheres, cylinders, and cones.” Until 1909, during what came to be called precubism, both artists worked on analyzing and breaking down form. Later on, they invented a new construction of the pictorial surface; that second phase is usually referred to as “analytical Cubism” and extends from 1909 to 1912. One of Braque’s statements is a good illustration of their preoccupations during those years: “I don’t paint things, I paint the interaction between them.” They used subdued tones within an almost monochromatic range of colors. The shapes became more geometric and they attempted to simultaneously present the different aspects of the same subject under different angles. In 1912, the third and last phase of Cubism, “synthetic cubism”, started. It lasted until 1925. In this final phase, figures were reintroduced in such a way as to create an ambiguous dialogue between their appearance and their essence. During the course of those thirteen years, cubists invented the technique of collage, they worked with trompe-l’oeil and stencils. They acknowledged the homogeneity of the objects by solely depicting their essential attributes in an effort to find their essence. At the same time, they used color freely. In 1912, Gleizes and Metzinger published their famous work, Du Cubisme, a book devoted to Cubism, whose influence, at that time and later, fueled further artistic explorations.

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Index chosen on the movements, important currents and events in the XX 2nd century art

I wanted to give here, with 46 various short introductions, some general elements on the movements or currents of art, groups or exhibitions, which concern the artists whose works are presented in gallery or were it recently. The table, above, will make it possible to visually locate the periods or dates in time. Each entry is followed of a list of the principal artists belonging to the movement or current. It may be that there is only one simple relationship between such or such artist and the movement in which in theory one locates it (Click on the names in blue to reveal work or works currently in stock). It will be understood, some movements are represented much than of others in my gallery. The same artist will be often found in several movements (as each one knows it, it was thus). Although these some introductions, briefly developed, are not addressed to the specialists, they will forgive me the few lapses of memory or choices which would lend to discussion. I hope that these tiny introductions will be however useful to some of you. Michelle Champetier


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