From Cubism to Classicism
by Gino Severini
Painting and its Laws
by Albert Gleizes
Translation, introduction and notes by Peter Brooke
Paperback 218 pages with 10 illustrations in black and white
ISBN 978 1 903427 05 7
In the two essays in this book, written in the 1920s, Gino Severini, the Italian Futurist painter living in Paris, and Albert Gleizes, painter and co-author of Du Cubisme, the first important theoretical defence of Cubism, reflect upon the central principles that guided painting from the Renaissance to the challenge of Cubism and Futurism in early years of the twentieth century. Severini concludes here that the artist has no choice but to master the scientific facts of pictorial representation, while Gleizes defends non-representational painting as going beyond the principles of the Renaissance to open up our sense of rhythm and time.
Peter Brooke is the author of the first major biography of Albert Gleizes, Albert Gleizes – For and Against the Twentieth Century, Yale University Press, 2001 and the translator and editor of Art and Religion, Art and Science, Art and Production by Albert Gleizes, also published by Francis Boutle Publishers.