Jean Metzinger, a native of Nantes, went to Paris in 1903 and over the next few decades established himself internationally as a painter of still-lives, figures and landscapes based on the neo-impressionist style and form of divisionism, or as it was to become known, Cubism.
His early works were influenced by Serat and in 1905 he developed a close friendship with Robert Delaunay, who was also painting in the divisionist style. Metzinger met Picasso between 1909 and 1910 and in 1910 he published an article discussing the Cubism works of both Picasso and Braque. In 1911 he participated in the Salle 41 at the Salon Des Independents, the first formal group show of cubist painters. While working with Albert
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