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Albert Gleizes

"Art has always been the plastic coating in a spiritual form."


Notes of biography

Albert Gleizes was born in Paris in 1881. In all his work, he conserves the rigorous traces of his apprenticeship from his father, a technical designer.
From 1900, he actively participates in the Parisian artistic life. Albert Gleizes shows his work in collective exhibitions, participates in the creation of new Salons (Automne, Tuileries). After practicing painting inspired by the impressionists, he is one of the first to united efforts under the cubist banner. He meets Paul Fort, Emile Verhaeren and Apollinaire.
In 1911, along with Robert Delaunay, Le Fauconnier, Léger, and Metzinger, he appears in the Salon des Artists Indépendant in Room 41, which is dedicated to the Cubist movement. There the artist rouses his part of the scandalous movement. Gleizes - with Jacques Villon, La Fresnaye, Metzinger - participate in the group of Puteaux activities, as well as at the Salon de la Section d’Or. The canvas that he exhibits at the Armory Show of New York in 1913 stirs up a loud reaction from the public.
After a synthetic phase, then analytical, he takes an interest in the advantage of the composition as well as the dynamism of form. His spirit of clarity and his culture are worthy of numerous literary friendships, Albert Gleizes was one of the cofounders of the Créteil Abbey (Georges Duhamel, Vildrac).
Summoned to fight shortly after the start of the First World War, Gleizes leaves for the United States in 1915. It is around these years in America that Gleizes finds or recovers his faith, which will add a definitive religious impetus in his work. He returns to France at the end of the war and turns towards non-figurative painting. In 1927, he creates in the town of Sablons, in the French Alps, the Moly-Sabata communities, religious, artistic and crafts communities.
In 1931, Gleizes adheres to the Abstraction-Creation movement. He sees in abstraction the dematerialisation of the thoughts in the research of pure spirituality. He produces several mural paintings, illustrates some works; Gleizes, at the end of his life, engraves etchings. Albert Gleizes will be one of the only artist not to let go of cubism; he was equally one of the most fecund and clear theorists (“Du Cubisme” with Metzinger in 1912, “La peinture et ses lois” in 1919). Gleizes will see in Robert Delaunay his ‘heir’. Albert Gleizes will retire in 1939 to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where he will continue to work surrounded by his disciples, in a climate of mystical community.
Albert Gleizes died in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France in 1953.

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To read about the artist :
  • « Albert Gleizes 1881-1953», cat., Galerie Lucien Blanc, Aix en Provence, 1960
  • « Albert Gleizes, rétrospective », MNAM, Paris, 1964
  • « Albert Gleizes 1881-1953: Retros. », cat., Galerie d'Art Moderne, Bâle, 1969
  • « A. G. et le dessin », cat., Ed. M. d'art et d'industrie de Saint Etienne, 1970
  • « Albert Gleizes », Fondation nationale des arts graphiques, Paris 1982
  • « Rétrospective Albert Gleizes », cat., Ed. Fond. Lourmarin, Robert Laurent-Vibert, 1989
  • « Gleizes, biographie », Pierre Alibert, Michèle Heyraud, Paris, 1990
  • « Albert Gleizes (1881-1953) », Michel Massenet, Ed. Somogy, 1999
  • « Albert Gleizes, For and against the 20th Century », P. Brook, Yale P. U. 2001
  • « Albert Gleizes Cubism in majesty », coll., Ed. Reunion des musées nationaux, 2001
To read from the artist :
  • « Du cubisme », avec J. Metzinger, Figuière, Paris, 1912
  • « La signification humaine du cubisme », causerie, Petit Palais, Ed. Moly-Sabata, 1938
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+ CUBISM / 1907-1925 / Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, Charles Dufresne, Jacques Lipchitz, Jean Metzinger, etc.
+ ARMORY SHOW / 1913 / Constantin Brancusi, Charles Camoin, Marcel Duchamp, Edward Hopper, Joseph Stella, etc.
+ ABSTRACTION-CREATION / 1931-1938 / Etienne Béothy, Frantisek Kupka, Piet Mondrian, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Georges Vantongerloo, etc.
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