Albert Gleizes
Portrait of Jacques Nayral 1911

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Albert Gleizes 1881–1953
Portrait of Jacques Nayral
Portrait de Jacques Nayral
Date 1911
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1619 x 1140 mm
frame: 1886 x 1404 x 57 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1979

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Nayral was a modernist publisher who shared Gleizes’s fascination with the theories of Henri Bergson. The interweaving of the sitter and the setting in this portrait reflect Bergson’s ideas about the simultaneity of experience. It was works such as this, which was widely exhibited at the avant-garde Salons, that fed the public outcry against Cubism. Its scale echoes the large-scale paintings of the official exhibitions, while its style subverts that tradition.

June 2010

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