Table by a Window

Artist: Jean Metzinger (French, Nantes 1883–1956 Paris)

Date: 1917

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 32 in. × 25 3/4 in. (81.3 × 65.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, The M. L. Annenberg Foundation, Joseph H. Hazen Foundation Inc., and Joseph H. Hazen Gifts, 1959

Accession Number: 59.86

Rights and Reproduction: © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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 1916-19, still life constituted one such major theme. This work depicts an arrangement of objects-a vase with flowers, a glass and an absinthe spoon, the journal L'Heure, and a playing card-placed on a table next to a window in the artist's studio in Meudon near Paris.