Jean Metzinger: Soldier at a Game of Chess

jean metzinger 1915

(Soldat jouant aux échecs, or Le Soldat à la partie d’échecs)
An infantryman at a game of chess. Said to be a self-portrait because he’s smoking a cigarette…


Pre-Raphaelite Gone Wrong

The Death of the Grave-Digger, Carlos Schwabe (1895)

Angel as Shadow,
Angel Wings as Scythes


Giacomo Balla – The Spell is Broken



(The other Futurists…) Giacomo Balla, 1920 – The Spell is Broken

Blake: When the Senses are Shaken


William Blake: When the Senses are Shaken – 1796

Albert Gleizes: Composition pour Jazz

Albert Gleizes,1915

Albert Gleizes, 1915, Composition pour Jazz – who probably worked harder at Cubism than Braque or Picasso ever did, but posterity doesn’t work like that…

Hammershøi: Ida Reading a Letter


Ida Reading a Letter, Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864–1916)

Well, nobody round here seems to go much on Hammershøi (apart from being eye-bleedingly fashionable in interior design), and he certainly isn’t as lurid as Munch, who could ever be, but maybe more than a little Proustian?

Juan Gris: Violin and Glass


Juan Gris: Violin and Glass, 1913

Modigliani: Landscape, Baum und Haus


Modigliani did landscapes as well – Tree and House from 1919, so quite late… for him.

Gustave Caillebotte: Le pont de l’Europe

Caillebotte Le pont de Europe

Gustave Caillebotte: Le pont de l’Europe c. 1876
Another perspective study – the woman and man pair are inferred to be streetwalker and client on the grounds of her dress and that they aren’t walking arm-in-arm. Don’t know what difference this makes…