Henry Valensi

French, 1883-1960  Biography

Henry Valensi was a dominant artist and theoretician of the Cubist movement. 

In 1912, Valensi, along with Metzinger, Gleizes, Gris, Léger, Duchamp, Delaunay, Picabia and others, founded the Section d’Or, or “Golden Section.” The name of the group was intended to draw attention to the mathematical foundations of Cubism and its connections to classical systems of spatial organization. Valensi maintained various manifestations of this basic principle throughout his career. 

Valensi became best known for his creation of an approach called both “effusionist” and “musicalist,” typified by a rhythmic, “musical” division of the composition and the superimposing of different views of the same motif. 

His Salons of the Musicalistes, established in 1932, were held in Paris, Prague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Budapest, Bratislava, and Limoges.

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, France
Musée national d'Art moderne, Centre Georges
Pompidou, Paris

Oil on canvas
21 ⅝ x 25 ⅝ inches
29 ½ x 33 inches framed
Signed lower right: Henry Valensi
Executed circa 19627

This painting is accompanied by a letter of authenticity by Didier Vallens, nephew of the painter and organizer of an exhibition of Valensi’s work held in Paris, 1999.

Mosieur R. Pereira, Cannes, 1999