André Lhote (French, 1885–1962), Simone Rêvant, 1948. Oil on canvas, 13 x 16 in. (33 x 40.6 cm). Waterhouse & Dodd, New York & London.
In his muscular brand of Salon-style Cubism, André Lhote captured the trappings of Parisian modern life—nudes, athletes, café society, and bustling street scenes—in stately geometric compositions.
Originally working in a Gauguin-influenced Fauvist style, Lhote embraced Cubism in 1911. He worked and exhibited alongside Robert Delaunay, Albert Gleizes, Fernand Léger, Jean Metzinger, and Francis Picabia as a member of the Section d’Or, an artistic movement that advanced a more decorative and accessible alternative to the cerebral Cubism pioneered by Picasso and Braque.