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  • Albert Gleizes

Les Ponts de Paris (Passy)

The Bridges of Paris (Passy)

1912
Oil on canvas
23.62 inch x 28.74 inch x 0.79 inch
erworben/acquired in 1962
Inventory number: B 65/0

The picture with the title “The Bridges of Paris” by French artist Albert Gleizes was finished in 1912. In its selection of colours, the multi-perspective point of view, and the rhythmic composition of its elements, the picture fulfils the central requirements of so-called analytical Cubism. This style was developed around 1907 by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in Paris and today it is regarded as the pioneer of artistic abstraction. The term Cubism—derived from the Latin word ‘cubus’—refers to the geometric reduction that dominates cubist ways of depicting things.

In 1910, painter and author Albert Gleizes, who had been received training as a technical draughtman, joined the group of cubists around Robert Delaunay. Together with Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes wrote the text “Du Cubisme” in 1912. The text was illustrated with the picture “The Bridges of Paris”. In it the authors are concerned with the theoretical foundations of Cubism. Albert Gleizes was a central figure for the reception of the style, especially abroad.