L’Isthme de Corinthe

Catalogue Raisonné Jean Metzinger

Número: AM-28-011 Jean Metzinger

Date: 1928 (circa)

Titre: L’Isthme de Corinthe

Technique: Huile sur toile

Dimensions: 73 x 54 cm

Inscriptions: Signed (lower right)

Provenance: Léonce Rosenberg, Galerie l’Effort Moderne, Paris.

Victor Servrancks, Brussels.

Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne.

Private collection, Germany (acquired from the above in 1972).

Christie’s, New York, 10 May 2001, lot 472

Littérature: Joann Moser, Daniel Robbins, Jean Metzinger in Retrospect, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1985, no. 235, p. 123, reproduced.

Notes: Here, Metzinger has rendered the Corinth canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea, cutting through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth, separating the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland.

Both modern references and ancient Greek references emerge for this painting. Instead of representing the bare rock cliffs of the canal, Metzinger has chosen to sculpt statues in their sides, reminiscent of Greek sculptures with a solemnized Cubist stance, along with the billowing smoke of a modern vessel navigating the narrow channel.

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