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Jean Metzinger


 

Jean Metzinger

 

(b Nantes, 24 June 1883; d Paris, 3 Nov 1956).

French painter, critic and poet. Although he came from a military family, following the early death of his father he pursued his own interests in mathematics, music and painting. By 1900 he was a student at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, where he worked under the portrait painter Hippolyte Touront. After sending three pictures to the Salon des Indépendants in 1903, he moved to Paris with the proceeds from their sale. Thus, from the age of 20, Metzinger supported himself as a professional painter, a fact that may account for some of the shifts to which his art submitted in later years. He exhibited regularly in Paris from 1903, taking part in 1904 in a group show with Touront and Raoul Dufy at the gallery run by Berthe Weill and also participating in the Salon d’Automne in that year. By 1906 he had enough prestige to be elected to the hanging committee of the Salon des Indépendants. By the time he began dating his works around 1905 he was an ardent participant in the Neo-Impressionist revival led by Henri Edmond Cross. He also formed a close friendship at this time with Robert Delaunay, with whom he shared an exhibition at Berthe Weill early in 1907. The two of them were singled out by one critic in 1907 as divisionists who used large, mosaic-like ‘cubes’ to construct small but highly symbolic compositions.




 
 

 

 

Barges on the Banks of the Seine


 


Naturaleza Muerta


 


Fields of Poppies


 

Still Life: Playing Cards, Coffee Cup and Apples


 

At the Cycle-Race Track
1912


 

Dancer in a Caf
e
1912


 

Cubist Composition


 

Cafetiere et tasse rouges
1950


 

L'Oiseau bleu



 

Woman with hat


 

The Village


 

Table by a Window


 

La Femme a la Parienne


 

Maison Sous les Arbes


 

A Peacock


 


Le Village


 


Bathers: Two Nudes in an Exotic Landscpe


 

Nude in front of a Mirror


 

Woman with a pheasant


 


Sailboats


 


Landscape
1904
 

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