Albert Gallatin features a star at the center, the only recognizable image in the painting.

Albert E. Gallatin

American, 1882-1952

Cubist Construction, 1936

Oil and collage on canvas

10 x 8 inches

Signed and dated on the verso

Albert Eugene Gallatin was the great-grandson of his namesake who served as the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Jefferson and Madison, and minister to France and England for eleven years. At the age of twenty-one, Gallatin became head of the family and heir to the family’s banking fortune.

In 1927, Gallatin founded the Gallery of Living Art (later called the Museum of Living Art), the first museum of contemporary art in the United States. Having spent decades collecting Cubist, Constructivist and Abstract art, Gallatin himself painted in the style of Synthetic Cubism. He often included fragments of musical instruments, forms from the human body, and everyday objects like a folded newspaper within his compositions.  He used a reserved palette of greys, ochres, blues, browns and yellows. In Cubist Construction, Gallatin features a star at the center, the only recognizable image in the painting. The thickly painted canvas and a couple of small collage components result in a wonderful texture.

Albert Gallatin features a star at the center, the only recognizable image in the painting.