Jean Metzinger | the artist
Born June 24 1883, Nantes, France.
Died Nov 3 1956, Paris, .
Original artworks, prints, exhibition posters, monographs, books, collectibles.
With Robert Delaunay, Albert Gleizes, and Fernand Léger, Metzinger participated in the controversial Salle 41 at the Salon des Indépendants in 1911, the first formal group exhibition of Cubist painters. Wrote with Albert Gleizes the Cubis Manifest: To understand Cézanne is to foresee cubism. Henceforth we are justified in saying that between this school and previous manifestations there is only a difference of intensity, and that in order to assure ourselves of this we have only to study the methods of this realism, which, departing from the superficial reality of Courbet, plunges with Cézanne into profound reality, growing luminous as it forces the unknowable to retreat.