Display caption

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