Georges de Miré

Roger de la Fresnaye French

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Throughout his career, La Fresnaye demonstrated his great admiration for Paul Cézanne. In this early work, the idea to identify the sitter, Georges de Miré—the artist’s first cousin and friend—at the top of the canvas was inspired by the work of Cézanne. The faceted forms and reduced palette of this full-length portrait also reveal La Fresnaye’s awareness of the early Cubism of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. Exhibited at the 1910 Salon d’Automne (the annual exhibition held in Paris in the fall), the painting demonstrated— alongside canvases by Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, and Robert Delaunay—the growing interest in a new kind of painting focused on form rather than on color, as was the case with Henri Matisse and the Fauves.

Georges de Miré, Roger de la Fresnaye (French, Le Mans 1885–1925 Grasse), Oil on canvas

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