ALBERT GLEIZES (1881-1953)

gleizesHe was a French artist, theoretician, philosopher, a founder of Cubism and an influence on the School of Paris. Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger wrote the first major treatise on Cubism, Du “Cubisme”, 1912.

Born in Paris, he was the son of a fabric designer who ran a large industrial design workshop. After a time in the army he began to paint seriously in 1901.

Gleizes was only twenty-one years of age when his works started to appear in numerous international exhibitions.

Gleizes was a founding member of the Section d’Or group of artists. He was also a member of Der Sturm, and his many theoretical writings were originally most appreciated in Germany, where especially at the Bauhaus his ideas were given thoughtful consideration.

Gleizes spent four crucial years in New York, and played an important role in making America aware of modern art. He was a member of the Society of Independent Artists, founder of the Ernest-Renan Association, and both a founder of the Abbaye de Creteil.

He exhibited regularly at Lèonce Rosenberg’s Galerie de l’Effort Moderne in Paris; he was also a founder, organizer and director of Abstraction-Crèation.

From the mid-1920s to the late 1930s much of his energy went into writing (e.g., La Peinture et ses lois (Paris, 1923), Vers une conscience plastique: La Forme et l’histoire (Paris, 1932) and Homocentrisme (Sablons, 1937).

In February 2013, at the Sothebys London sale, 2 works by Albert Gleizes reached world record sale prices.

We first started collecting works by the artist, when we noticed a wonderful painting sitting on the floor, half hidden, in an old antique dealer store in Nice, South of France… it is one of our prized pieces!