Albert Gleizes

Born 1881, Paris, France

Died 1953, Avignon, France


1901-1905   While serving in the army, Gleizes begins to paint seriously.

1902   Exhibits at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris.

1903 and 1904   Participates in the Salon d’Automne.

1906   With many friends, including writer René Arcos, Gleizes founds the Abbaye de Créteil.  This utopian group, which lasted until 1908, scorned bourgeois society and strove to create a nonallegorical, epic art with modern themes. 

1909   Meets Robert Delaunay, Henri Le Fauconnier, Fernand Léger, and Jean Metzinger.

1910   Exhibits at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris, and the Jack of Diamonds in Moscow.

1911   Begins writing articles.           

1912   With Metzinger, writes Du cubisme.  This year Gleizes helps to found the Section d’Or. 

1915   His paintings become more abstract.  Begins his travels to New York, Barcelona, and Bermuda that will influence his stylistic evolution.

1916   First solo show at the Galeries Dalmau, Barcelona. 

1918   Becomes involved in a search for spiritual values which become evident in his painting and writing. 

1927   Founds Moly-Sabata, another utopian community in Sablons comprised of artists and craftsmen. 

1932   Publishes his book, La Forme et l’histoire which examines Romanesque, Celtic, and Oriental art. 

1930s  Participates in the Abstraction- Création group.  

1937   Executes several large commissions and murals for the Paris World’s Fair.

1947   Major Gleizes retrospective in Lyons at the Chapelle du Lycée Ampère.     

1949-1950   Works on illustrations for Blaise Pascal's Pensées Sur l'Homme et Dieu.

1952   Executes a fresco, Eucharist, for the chapel Les Fontaines at Chantilly.