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Louis Marcoussis

Shell-Fish, Zither and Ace of Hearts

Shell-Fish, Zither and Ace of Hearts by Louis Marcoussis

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Louis Markus left Warsaw for Paris in 1903, where he initially painted in an impressionist style. In 1910 he met Braque and Apollinaire (who dubbed him Marcoussis after the name of a village outside Paris), and introduced him to Picasso and the ideas behind Cubism. The visualisation of objects in terms of multiple perspectives, and the disjunction and fragmentation of forms as seen here, were basic principles of Cubism.

Shell-Fish, Zither and Ace of Hearts
Production date
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
654 x 997 mm
Marcoussis (LL)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1966
Accession no
Copyright Expired
International Art
Display status
On display

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