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


La Roulette, 1924 by Jean Metzinger


Still life

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?