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Jean Metzinger (1883 - 1956)

Lot 205: JEAN METZINGER 1883-1956 LA FUMEUSE

Sotheby's

May 4, 2005
New York, NY, US

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Description

Signed and dated Metzinger 1913 (lower left)

Watercolor and black crayon on paper

This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné by Bozena Nikiel.
CATALOGUE NOTE

The present drawing relates directly to the painting titled La fumeuse painted in 1913-14 which is painted in a bolder manner using a wide range of brighter colors. Color reasserts its importance as a critical compositional, decorative and expressive device by 1912, as Metzinger did in his 1910-1911 works. In this composition as with others executed at the same time, Metzinger was experimenting with a greater abstraction of form and flattening of space. All female portraits of the time, such as La Fumeuse, are apparently of Mme. Metzinger, suggesting a personality development from a sweet and modest young woman to a more urbane, mature and sophisticated woman.

Fig. 1 Jean Metzinger, La Fumeuse (The Smoker), 1913-14, oil on canvas, Collection Margit and Rolf Weinberg, Switzerland

Dimensions

13 by 12 1/4 in.

33.5 by 31cm

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