In Postcard-Sized Homages, a Painter Remembers “Degenerate” Art Destroyed by the Nazis
Image rights: Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Photo: Bulloz / Art Resource, NY / Metzinger, Jean (1883-1956) © ARS, NY
An important figure in Cubism, Jean Metzinger participated in the first exhibition of Cubist works at the Salon des Indépendents in 1911, alongside Albert Gleizes, Fernand Léger, and Robert Delaunay. A few years earlier, Guillaume Apollinaire had introduced Metzinger to the founders of Cubism, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, who both had a significant impact on his work. In 1912 he collaborated with Gleizes to write Du Cubisme, which proposed a theoretical foundation for Cubism. The artist was also a founding member of the Puteaux Group, a cohort of painters, sculptors, and critics who came to prominence following their controversial 1911 exhibition.
French, 1883-1956, Nantes, France