The Cubist painter and art author Albert Gleizes was born in Paris in 1881. He trained as a tracer in his father’s firm. In 1901 Gleizes showed early landscape paintings in an Impressionist style at the Société Nationale’s exhibitions. As a co-founder of the “Salon d’Automne” and member of the “Salon des Indépendants” Albert Gleizes had close contact to the artistic avant-garde.
In February 1913, Gleizes and other artists introduced the new style of European modern art to an American audience at the Armory Show in New York City. In 1914 Albert Gleizes was drafted to military service and travelled until 1919 to the USA, Canada, Cuba, the Bermudas and to Spain. By 1919 the pre-war sense of the Cubist movement had been virtually shattered. Paris was overshadowed by a strong reaction against those visions of common effort and revolutionary construction which Gleizes continued to embrace, while the avant-garde was characterized by the anarchic and, to him, destructive spirit of Dada.
In the late 1930s, the wealthy American art connoisseur Peggy Guggenheim purchased a great deal of the new art in Paris including works by Albert Gleizes. His work is housed in many notable museum collections including: the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Guggenheim, Venice; and the Tate Gallery, London.