Catalogue entry

Albert Gleizes 1881-1953

T00550 Tableau (Painting) 1921

Inscribed 'ALBERT GLEIZES | 1921' b.r.
Tempera on panel, 36 1/4 x 28 3/4 (92 x 73)
Purchased at Sotheby's (Grant-in-Aid) 1962
Prov: With Léonce Rosenberg, Paris (Galerie de l'Effort Moderne); Dr John Joseph Wardell Power, Jersey, Channel Islands; Power sale, Sotheby's, London, 7 November 1962, lot 17 repr. as 'Abstraction'
Exh: Albert Gleizes 1881-1953, Guggenheim Museum, New York, September-October 1964 (123, repr.) as 'Composition (Tableau)'; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, December 1964-January 1965 (57, repr.); Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, March-April 1965 (57, repr.)
Repr: Bulletin de 'L'Effort Moderne', No.13, March 1925, between pp.8 and 9 as 'Tableau 1921'

Daniel Robbins wrote on 15 October 1975 that it was Gleizes' unvarying practice to develop a work very carefully, and to draw the composition in pencil, and to make several gouaches with varying colour possibilities before doing a final version such as this. He had already found preliminary versions of all the works reproduced on pages 90-1 of his Guggenheim Museum catalogue, except this one.

'You are quite correct to see a female head in the image. I am sure it is a portrait, and moreover that it is based on Mme Gleizes in a very chic hat. The central image is frontal: a sort of cloche with a foll, a scarf, very like the hats Mme Gleizes still loved to wear only a few years ago. The 2nd concentric set is the head again, closer, and the 3rd of course gives an idea of the hair, concealed in the hat.'

A study for it in gouache, 39.5 x 29.5cm and signed and dated 1920, with various minor differences in composition and painted in a colour range of pinks, purples and creamy browns was sold at Sotheby's on 26 March 1980, lot 268 repr.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.288-9, reproduced p.288