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The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye
The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye

The Conquest of the Air - Roger de La Fresnaye

The conquest of the air fascinated many artists at the beginning of the 20th century because it was an echo of the new civilization that was emerging, of the speed, machines and factories that characterized it. Among these artists, Roger de La Fresnaye proposes his vision of the subject in this work. The two main characters are conversing around a table, the painter having wanted to signify the action of thought, the speculative spirit that made possible the conquest of the air by man and the invention of airplanes. The representation of space also follows the breaks in the plane typical of Cubist paintings: each element of the painting has its own point of view and its own scale, so that the space represented in the canvas, discontinuous, does not reproduce reality.

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The conquest of the air fascinated many artists at the beginning of the 20th century because it was an echo of the new civilization that was emerging, of the speed, machines and factories that characterized it. Among these artists, Roger de La Fresnaye proposes his vision of the subject in this work. The two main characters are conversing around a table, the painter having wanted to signify the action of thought, the speculative spirit that made possible the conquest of the air by man and the invention of airplanes. The representation of space also follows the breaks in the plane typical of Cubist paintings: each element of the painting has its own point of view and its own scale, so that the space represented in the canvas, discontinuous, does not reproduce reality.

The artist

Born in Le Mans, Roger De La Fresnaye (1885 - 1925) studied at the Julian academy, then at the Ranson academy. He became a student of the Nabi Maurice Denis, whose artistic influence was evident in his early paintings. A trip to Northern Italy in 1911 contributed to the evolution of his painting towards cubism. He was part of the Section d'Or group, or Puteaux group, alongside Marcel Duchamp and Metzinger. He participated in the decoration of the Cubist House and, from 1910, exhibited his works several times at the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Indépendants. La Fresnaye continued his artistic research on cubism and abstraction until the First World War, which radically weakened his health. His pictorial orientation then changed, moving away from cubism to approach surrealism.
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