Albert Gleizes Portrait of Igor Stravinsky 1914

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 503 The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

One of Cubism’s most influential and prolific theorists, Gleizes co-authored with fellow artist Jean Metzinger the landmark treatise Du Cubisme in 1912. He began this portrait two years later, inspired by composer-conductor Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka (1911), having carefully developed what he described as its “rhythmic relations of objects to objects” over a series of studies. Here, he employs vibrant, saturated planes of color to represent Stravinsky, who appears at the right in formal attire reaching out toward open sheet music.

Gallery label from 2024
Oil on canvas
51 x 45" (129.5 x 114.3 cm)
Bequest of Richard S. Zeisler
Object number
© 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Painting and Sculpture
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Simone Frigerio. By 1953
Richard S. Zeisler, New York. By 1964
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Bequest of Richard S. Zeisler, New York, 2007

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