French painter of still life, figures and landscape. He began to paint in a Cubist style in 1909-10, and was one of the principal organizers of the first large public exhibition of Cubism, at the Salon des Indépendants, 1911. In 1912 he wrote jointly with Gleizes “Du Cubisme”, the first book wholly devoted to the movement. Though he tended to apply Cubist stylizations in a decorative and fundamentally naturalistic way. He was one of the first Cubists to be widely known to the general public. From about 1915 he was influenced by the classicizing Cubist trend of Juan Gris. In the 1920s he turned to a neo-classic, more realistic style, partly influenced by Léger. His late works, from 1940, show a partial return to Cubism.
Segment from Tate Museum