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In Memoriam by Jacques Villon
In Memoriam by Jacques Villon

In Memoriam, 1919

Jacques Villon

A stooped nude figure, rendered in interlocking geometric planes, pulls a dove-gray cloak around itself as if to contain its grief. Its arched head is Madonna-like, adding to a sense of reverence. The velvety background suggests a hushed quiet. Although this composition looks entirely abstract, the artist often derived his abstractions from studies of bodies in motion. This composition manages to be both abstract, yet deeply moving, evoking pathos, mourning, and memory.

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Credit
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. Gift of Collection Société Anonyme
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