La Femme au Cheval

Jean Metzinger Catalogue Raisonné

Number: AM-11-022 Jean Metzinger

Date: 1911-12

Title: La Femme au Cheval (Woman with a horse)

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 162 x 130 cm

Collection: Statens Museum for Kunst

Inscriptions: Signed (lower right)

Provenance: Jacques Nayral (Joseph Houot)

Niels Bohr

Kai Grunth hos Winkel & Magnussen, auction no. 108, February 19, 1932, lot no. 119

Exhibitions: Salon des Indépendants, 20 March – 16 May 1912

Salon de la Section d’Or, 1912, no. 116

International Kunst, Kleis Kunsthandel, Copenhagen, an exhibition arranged by Herwarth Walden

Der Sturm, International Kunst, Ekspressionister og Kubister, Malerier og Skulpturer, Kleis Kunsthandel, København (Copenhagen) 1918, cat. no. 82 (titled Kone med hest)

Literature: Guillaume Apollinaire, Les Peintres Cubistes, Méditations Esthétiques (The Cubist Painters, Aesthetic Meditations), Eugène Figuière Éditeurs, Collection “Tous les Arts”, Paris, 1913, reproduced.

The Bulletin, The Red Page, Vol. 34, No. 1762, 20 November 1913 (titled Woman on Horseback) reproduced.

Notes: In a review of the 1912 Salon des Indépendants, Jean Laran, writing for Société de l’Histoire de l’Art Français, tueras toward Metzinger’s entries, notably La Femme au Cheval:

Metzinger’s figure is only human through distant analogies. It’s a kind of articulated mannequin whose parts seem made with gears [rouages] of who knows what monstrous mechanism, connecting rods, nuts, rivets, levers, cranks. Yet we only catch a glimpse of them in the midst of an intimidating tangle of arcs of circles, straight or broken lines, solid or pointillist, generating a sketch of maddening purity.

For detailed information on this painting consult the Wikipedia article titled La Femme au Cheval, and therein references, written and published by Alexander Mittelmann (aka Coldcreation) 16 December 2012, and the Metzinger monograph, Volume I.

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