Front cover: Au Velodrome - Jean Metzinger 1912
While Picasso and Georges Braque are generally acknowledged as the
founders of Cubism, it was Jean Metzinger, together with Albert
Gleizes, that created the first major treatise on the new art-form,
Du "Cubisme", in preparation for the Salon de la Section d'Or
held in October 1912. Du "Cubisme", published the same year
by Eugène Figuière in
Du "Cubisme" quickly gained popularity running through fifteen editions the same year and translated into several European languages including Russian and English (the following year).
1912 Metzinger was the leading figure in the first exhibition of
In 1913, Apollinaire wrote in Les Peintres Cubistes:
drawing, in composition, in the judiciousness of contrasted forms,
Metzinger's works have a style which sets them apart from, and
perhaps even above most of the works of his contemporaries... It was
then that Metzinger, joining Picasso and Braque, founded the
The new structures he is composing are stripped of everything that was known before him... Each of his paintings contains a judgment of the universe, and his work is like the sky at night: when, cleared of the clouds, it trembles with lovely lights. There is nothing unrealized in Metzinger's works: poetry ennobles their slightest details.