Gleizes, self-taught, began to paint around 1901 in the style of the Impressionists, but he progressively turned toward a pictoral style in order to obtain a more synthesized rendition. Starting in 1910, he adopted a more and more analytic style that lead him to breakdown forms into multiple facets of soft colors.
At the Independent Exposition of 1911, Gleizes exposed a male nude and “Femme aux phlox” alongside Metzinger, Fauconnier, Leger and Delaunay. As a first step, Gleizes tried to reconcile Cubism with traditional style. Thanks to the inspiration of Robert Delaunay, Gleizes’s abstract tendency began to manifest itself.
After World War I, the style of Albert Gleizes evolved in a highly sensitive way. Using more or less geometric, solid areas of color, he alternated between purely abstract compositions and allusive representations.
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