View from a hotel inspired noted cubist

Repeating Islands

Albert Gleizes was one of the early French cubists whose writings on the topic are prolific. In fact, he and Jean Metzinger wrote an extended volume on the theories of cubism, which is still in print today, as Tom Butterfield reports for Bermuda’s Sun.

Although not as well known as his contemporaries Picasso and Braque, his work was nonetheless prized by Peggy Guggenheim and his work was the centre of her magnificent collection in Venice, a museum today open to the public. Gleizes travelled to New York in 1917 after mustering out of the French Army and marrying Juliette Roche.

On reaching New York he found two of his artist colleagues, Marsden Hartley and Charles Demuth were enjoying a sojourn to Bermuda so he and Juliette decided to follow them for a belated honeymoon. Thus, Marsden Hartley and Charles Demuth became part of the ‘big conversation’ with Gleizes on…

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