Portrait of Madame H. M. Barzun

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Artist: Albert Gleizes, French, 1881-1953
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Oil and graphite on canvas
39 5/8 x 29in (100.6 x 73.7cm)
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Bequest of Jacques Barzun
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Albert Gleizes started this portrait of arts patron Anne-Rose Barzun in the spring of 1911 but claimed his evolving artistic style would not allow him to finish the painting in one consistent manner. The portrait reflects a then growing interest in Cubism, pioneered by Pablo Picasso, and quickly adapted by many artists in the early 20th century, including Gleizes.

Gleizes depicts Anne-Rose with an array of shapes, colors, and lines that combine to form a unique likeness, one that is more intuitive than realistic. This combination of abstraction and realism provides a depth not typically seen in Cubist works—the hilly landscape and village behind Anne-Rose are distinct from her position in the foreground.
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