Cubism & La Section d'Or
Works on Paper 1907-1922
Fall 1989
Cover Photo: Juan Gris, Germaine Raynal, charcoal drawing, 1912

Juan Gris (1887-1927)
La Guitare, 1912
Charcoal drawing

Fernand Leger (1881-1955)
Etude pour le Grand Déjeuner, c. 1920
Pencil Drawing

Fernand Leger (1881-1955)
Etude pour "la Ville", 1919

Louis Marcoussis (1878-1941)
Portrait de Guillaume Apollinaire, 1912-1920
Drypoint, etching and aquatint

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Tete d'homme, 1912

Jacques Villon (1875-1963)
Nu debout, bras en l'air, 1909
Etching and drypoint: edition of 23

Cubism & La Section d'Or

1907 - 1922

October, 1989

Cubism is an artistic movement whose founders are universally acknowledged as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Although it is also generally accepted that the most important contemporary manifestation of Cubism was the Section d'Or (Golden Section) exhibition held in Paris in October, 1912, it is perhaps somewhat surprising to realize that neither Picasso nor Braque participated in this event. Instead, the exhibition included a series of artists with many ideas which were often very different than those of cubism's originators. In fact a careful examination of both the concerns of Picasso and Braque as well as the issues raised by a number of the artists at the Section d'Or exhibition leads to the conclusion that there were several different concepts of Cubism within the Cubist epoch.

This exhibition explores the similarities as well as the differences of these approaches to Cubism. One gains a more profound understanding of the complexities involved in a movement that has irrevocably changed the history of art in the twentieth century.