To Jacques Nayral
Albert Gleizes (French, 1881 - 1953)
1917. Oil on canvas, 29 7/8 x 25 5/8". 1991.001.018
Albert Gleizes was intensely interested in the expressive potential of Cubism. The death of his brother-in-law, Jacques Nayral, killed in action in France in 1914, profoundly affected Gleizes, who painted this memorial portrait of Nayral. In keeping with the memorial purpose of the painting, Gleizes adopted a static com- position and a somber color scheme. The jagged Cubist facets—some colored, some softly modeled—suggest the lights of a night battle seen through haze and smoke.