Albert Gleizes (French 1881-1953)
Tree of Jesse
Etching for: Les Pensées de Pascal

Gleizes was a cubist who after a conversion experience around 1917 wished to bring that twentieth-century art form to the service of the Church.  Created during the last years of his life, the fifty-seven etchings for the Thoughts of Pascal are less cubist and more stark than is typical of his work.  Gleizes labored to create a community of Christian artists at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence but his efforts failed.  His work was seen as too austere even for the priests.



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