La Toilette (1917) by Alberto Magnelli

La Toilette - Alberto Magnelli - 1917

Artwork Information

TitleLa Toilette
ArtistAlberto Magnelli
Date1917
Art MovementCubism
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About La Toilette

“La Toilette,” created by Alberto Magnelli in 1917, is a notable work of art that embodies the principles of the Cubist movement. This portrait exemplifies the distinctive style and approach of Cubism, known for the fragmentation and abstraction of forms.

The artwork presents a stylized portrait of a female figure engaged in the act of toilette, or dressing. It features geometric shapes and planes that deconstruct and reassemble the form of the subject, which is characteristic of Cubist art. The composition is dominated by angular lines and flattened pictorial space, challenging traditional perspectives. Colors are utilized both for their aesthetic appeal and to distinguish between the various elements of the composition, while the interplay of light and shadow adds depth to the portrayal. Overall, the piece is a testament to Magnelli’s skill in manipulating form and color to represent a subject in a manner that suggests multiple viewpoints and the inner essence of objects rather than their literal appearance.

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