Jean Metzinger  (French, 1883-1956) 

Jean Dominique Antony Metzinger (French, 1883–1956) was a significant member of the Cubist movement, collaborating with its other founders to outline their beliefs and gain widespread popularity for the style. The artist penned Du cubisme with Albert Gleizes (French, 1881–1953), a significant essay defining the theories and foundation of the movement, in addition to other written works about his contemporaries and Modern painting.

Metzinger spent his youth in Nantes before moving to Paris at age 20 to work as a painter. While trying to support himself as an artist, he made the acquaintance of other artists, such as Robert Delaunay (French, 1885–1941) and Raoul Dufy (French, 1877–1953). The avant-garde innovations of the Fauves and Neo-Impressionists greatly influenced Metzinger, especially the works of Georges Seurat (French, 1859–1891). However, it was his relationship with Pablo Picasso (French, 1881–1973) that truly inspired his shift to the Cubist style. He even wrote an article about Picasso’s approach to the movement.

Through his connections, the artist became a member of the group, Section D’or, otherwise known as the Puteaux Group, a collective of Cubists who gained renown for their exhibit in the 1911 at the Salon des Indépendants. By 1912, Metzinger was considered one of the leading proponents of the Cubist style, and began writing extensively on the subject. His idea that Cubist work dismissed traditional views of subject matter, turning instead toward multiple perspectives of an object as a way of truly depicting reality, was essential to public comprehension of the movement, as Cubist artists sought deeper meaning in their geometric, pattern-like compositions.

The Section D’or artists’ support changed drastically after World War I, with many of the artists modifying their styles to reflect the emerging De Stijl, Futurist, and later, Dadaist movements. Metzinger continued to work, and died in Paris on November 3, 1956. He is well-known to this day for his important contributions to Cubism.

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Jean Metzinger, Paysage aux trois meules de foin


Jean Metzinger
Paysage aux trois meules de foin

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Jean Metzinger, Composition au deux visages


Jean Metzinger
Composition au deux visages
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Jean Metzinger, Portrait cubiste d'Odette, fille de l'artiste


Jean Metzinger
Portrait cubiste d'Odette, fille de l'artiste
circa 1914

Galerie des Modernes
Jean Metzinger, Arbres et Maisons


Jean Metzinger
Arbres et Maisons

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Jean Metzinger, Woman with Necklace


Jean Metzinger
Woman with Necklace

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Jean Metzinger, Portrait cubiste


Jean Metzinger
Portrait cubiste, 1912
charcoal on paper


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Jean Metzinger, Quatre études de guitariste (recto/verso) (2 studies)


Jean Metzinger
Quatre études de guitariste (recto/verso) (2 studies)


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Jean Metzinger, Femme à la colombe


Jean Metzinger
Femme à la colombe
oil on canvas


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1883   Born: Nantes, France (June 24)
1956   Died: Paris, France.
1953   Arts Club of Chicago.
1932   Hanover Gallery. London, UK.
1930   Leicester Galleries. London, UK.
1916   Montross Gallery. New York, NY.
1913   Salon d'Automne. Paris, France.
1913   Der Sturm Gallery. Berlin, Germany.
1913   Galerie Berthe Weill. Paris, France.
1912   Galerie de la Boétie. Paris, France.
1911   Salle 41. Salon des Indépendants. Paris, France.
1911   Salon d'Automne. Paris, France.
1910   Salon des Indépendants. Paris, France.