Jean Metzinger

Paysage [Landscape] (About 1921)

About this artwork

Metzinger was a traditional artist in the sense that he painted primarily landscapes, still life and figure compositions. He experimented with painting in a cubist style but always retained a strong naturalistic element. This painting was made when Metzinger was returning to a more naturalistic style and shedding the cubist planes and geometric patterning from his work. This poetic landscape is formed from flat planes of luminous colour, like a collage. The lyrical use of colour is typical of the artist's work of this period.

  • title: Paysage [Landscape]
  • accession number: GMA 1111
  • artist: Jean MetzingerFrench (1883 - 1956)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Cubism
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1921
  • measurements: 60.00 x 81.30 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 1970
  • copyright: © DACS 2016
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Jean Metzinger

Jean Metzinger

French artist and writer Jean Metzinger was born in Nantes, where he studied, before moving to Paris in 1903. Metzinger painted in a fauvist style early in his career, before adopting the geometric patterning and angular planes of Cubism around 1910 to 1912. Metzinger was one of the first artists to experiment with Cubism, though his style was always rooted in naturalism. He is perhaps still best known for the influential book on Cubism which he co-wrote with Albert Gleizes in 1912, and which was the first theoretical study of the movement.