Still Life with Profile of Pitcher Artist: Marthe Donas (Belgian, 1885–1967)

ca. 1918–19

Modern and Contemporary Art

Not on view

In the catalogue of the Société Anonyme Collection, the society’s cofounder Katherine S. Dreier called Marthe Donas “the first woman abstract painter.” Although Dreier was not technically correct in her assessment, she clearly had been impressed by Donas’s own brand of Cubism, one that bore the stamp of Amédée Ozenfant’s and Le Corbusier’s Purism, a style in which familiar still-life objects such as vases or oranges are abstracted with architectural objectivity, rendering the everyday statuesque. Donas’s paintings are also remarkable for the artist’s luminous palette, which bears similarities to those of other Cubist painters in her Paris circle, such as Sonia Delaunay.


Oil on canvas


23 11/16 × 15 13/16 × 3/4 in. (60.2 × 40.2 × 1.9 cm)
framed: 24 15/16 × 17 1/16 × 1 1/2 in. (63.3 × 43.3 × 3.8 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Collection Société Anonyme

Accession Number



20th century


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Der Sturm, Berlin, to 1922; Katherine Dreier, 1922–41; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Ruth L. Bohan et al., The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Jennifer Gross, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 172, ill
  • Robert L. Herbert, Eleanor S. Apter, and Elise K. Kenney, The Société Anonyme and the Dreier Bequest at Yale University: A Catalogue Raisonné (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1984), 200, no. 201, ill
  • Collection of the Société Anonyme: Museum of Modern Art 1920 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1950), 18
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Additional information

Object/Work type

abstract (general art genre), still lifes


Women artists


Inscribed verso "nature morte i par Tour Donas"


Signed l.r. "Tour Donas"

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