Albert Gleizes

France 1881 - 1953

Albert Gleizes (1881-1953) was a French painter, originally trained as a technical draftsman. Gleizes was particularly impressed by the work of Henri Le Fauconnier, through whom he came into contact with the painters Fernand Léger, Jean Metzinger and Robert Delaunay. In 1911 he met Pablo Picasso, who introduced him to Cubism. Together the cubists exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris. Gleizes and Metzinger became the theorists of Cubism and together they published 'Du Cubisme' in 1912. Through these collaborations and various other activities in the art world, Gleizes had great influence on the early developments of modern art. Gleizes work is composed of stylized geometric shapes and figures. It is not completely abstract; often there are human figures and architecture to discover in his work.