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Albert Gleizes

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Woman with Animals (Madame Raymond Duchamp Villon)
(La Dame aux bętes [Madame Raymond Duchamp Villon]),
completed by February 1914
Oil on canvas, 196.4 x 114.1 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553 PG 17
© Albert Gleizes, by SIAE 2008


As in a number of his other paintings of this period, Albert Gleizes depicts a domestic interior scene in a self-consciously “modern” style. Here the seated woman is the wife of Raymond Duchamp-Villon, the sculptor who took part in the discussions of the Cubist group at Puteaux during the early teens. She is portrayed as the epitome of bourgeois complacency, in a large armchair, with her dog and two cats, sensible tie shoe, wedding band, and string of beads. Typically Cubist elements are the fusion of figure and ground, the frontal, centralized pose, the multiple views of the sitter’s face, the choppy brushstrokes defining and shading planes, and the patterning of areas to resemble collage. Futurist devices are the repetition of form to describe movement (the dog’s wagging tail) and planar intersections and force lines meant to express notions of the dynamic interpenetration of matter and atmosphere.

credits: Hangar Design Group