Description & Technical information

Before Cubism and the group of the Section d'Or which Jean Metzinger is one of the founding members in 1911, the artist was influenced at his beginnings by Neo- Impressionism and also by Fauvism for a while.

Our work, produced a year after the scandal of the Salon d'Automne of 1905 which marks the birth of a group of artists defined as "fauves" by the art critic Louis Vauxcelles, gathers all their codes and is especially similar to another seated woman presented in 1905 which caused a scandal: "La Femme au chapeau" by Henri Matisse.

The pure colors, the shadows under the woman's eyes, the swift and strong brushstroke, almost Divisionist at some points, the juxtaposition of the plans completely remind of the advent of a new era: the simplification of drawing and free color, being the result of the personal vision of the artist. The dominant purple and green tones of our work also remind of the directness of the color range of "historical" Fauvist artists like André Derain or Henri Manguin.

This work used to belong to the collection André Level [1863-1947], an audacious businessman who initiated the collection "La Peau de l'ours".
His goal was to spend ten years constituting a collection composed of important works by young and new artists intended for sales.

As  a true enthusiastic and in parallel with his work as an art dealer, André Level kept on collecting art. He wrote many anecdotes about the acquisition of some works and the creation of his collection, which our work belonged to, in "Souvenir d'un collectionneur".


Date:  circa 1906
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on cardboard
Dimensions: 26.5 x 22 cm (10³/₈ x 8⁵/₈ inches)
Provenance: André Level, 1863-1947.
Mme Klotz, direct descendant of André Level.
Private collection, by descent.

Literature: This work will be included in the Catalogue Raisonné de l'oeuvre de Jean Metzinger being prepared by Mrs Bozena Nikiel.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints