Jean Metzinger (French, 18831956)
Oil on canvas; 32 x 25 5/8 in. (81.3 x 65.1 cm)
The M. L. Annenberg Foundation, Joseph H. Hazen Foundation Inc., and Joseph H. Hazen Gifts, 1959 (59.86)
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Jean Metzinger was a member of the so-called Puteaux Group of artists, who were disciples of Cubism centered around the brothers Duchamp-Villon. He was also a theoretician and, with his close friend Albert Gleizes, co-authored the book Du Cubisme, published in 1912. Throughout his career, Metzinger liked to create variations on the same theme. During the years 191619, still life constituted one such major theme. This work depicts an arrangement of objectsa vase with flowers, a glass and an absinthe spoon, the journal L'Heure, and a playing cardplaced on a table next to a window in the artist's studio in Meudon near Paris.