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Gleizes developed each work very carefully, drawing the composition in pencil, then making several gouaches with varying colour possibilities before painting a final version. The abstracted image may be based on a female head, possibly that of the artist’s wife. According to this interpretation, the central image is frontal, showing the face in a cloche hat with a scarf; the second concentric set is the head again, closer, and the third gives an idea of the hair, concealed in the hat.

April 2012