The abstract paintings of artist Albert Gleizes (1881 – 1953) often keep strong links with subject matter that inspired them. In Tableau (1921) the image may be based on a female head, possibly that of his wife. Gleizes was a pacifist, but was conscripted into the French army in the First World War. Deeply affected by this experience, he became gravely concerned with the future of society. He thought that artists could help create a better world, not just by making beautiful things, but by offering new ways of seeing.
Sarah Sze is best known for dazzlingly intricate installations of found objects, light, and sound. She brings a similar magpie tendency and skittering energy to her work as a painter. In Red Rotation (2020), Sze collages suggestively related images onto the surface three wood panels. Each panel varies slightly in depth, creating a stepped progression seen when the work is viewed from the side.