Provenance Research

Albert Gleizes (1881-1953)
Building Construction, 1917
Oil on masonite
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Gift of Thomas C. Adler, 1955.774
2002 Artists Right Society (ARS), ADAGP, Paris

Signed and dated lower right: "Alb. Gleizes 17"

Cubist still life of buildings composed of large, broad geometrical shapes in hues of brown, black, subdued blues and yellows, and red.

Alternate Titles:
Geburt eines Gebäudes
Landscape of City
Naissance d'un Building


1922:   (Herwarth Walden, Galerie der Sturm, Berlin, sold to)
1922-?:   Arthur Kaufmann [1888-1971], Düsseldorf [1]
Until 1955:   Thomas C. Adler, Cincinnati, given to
1955-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] The December 5, 1955, inventory of Thomas C. Adler's collection states that Arthur Kaufmann purchased the painting from Herwarth Walden, director of Sturm Gallery in 1922. The records also show that the painting was included in an International Art Exhibition in Düsseldorf in 1922. Kaufmann, an artist, was instrumential in organizing the Düsseldorf exhibition. In 1933 he moved to The Netherlands and then in 1936 settled in the United States. It is unknown when or where he sold the painting. See Paintings by Arthur Kaufmann, New York: The Jewish Museum, February-March 1958, p. 15.

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