Man on a Balcony (Portrait of Dr. Théo Morinaud)
Albert Gleizes, French, 1881 - 1953
Man on a Balcony, completed the same year that Albert Gleizes co-authored an important book on Cubism with his colleague Jean Metzinger, is an open declaration of the principles of Cubist painting. The composition demonstrates the Cubist style of broken lines and fractured planes as applied to the traditional format of the full-length portrait. However, the painting is sufficiently representational to allow the tall, elegantly posed figure to be identified as Dr. Théo Morinaud. The setting, a complex urban backdrop of smokestacks, train tracks, and bridge girders, is the view from the balcony of the dental surgeon's office on the avenue de l'Opéra in Paris.