Jean Metzinger Woman with a Coffee Pot 1919

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Jean Metzinger 1883–1956
Woman with a Coffee Pot
La Femme à la cafetière
Date 1919
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1153 x 810 mm
frame: 1199 x 846 x 63 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1959

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Inspired by Picasso and Braque, Metzinger first worked in a Cubist manner in 1909-10. Thereafter he became a public exponent of what he and like-minded artists saw as the abstract and mathematical foundations of Cubism. After the First World War Metzinger - like Picasso and Braque, - turned increasingly to traditional subjects in response to growing interest in the classical tradition. 'Woman with a Coffee-Pot' has many of the features one would expect to find in a late Cubist work. However, it shows Metzinger on the point of adopting a more naturalistic way of working. The space is recessive and the figure is like an actor of the Italian 'commedia dell'arte', much in vogue in post-war Paris.

August 2004

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