Table by a Window

Jean Metzinger French

Not on view

A proponent of Cubism, Metzinger was a member of the Puteaux Group of artists and coauthor of the 1912 book Du Cubisme. This painting is part of a series of still lifes from 1916–19 characterized by distorted space, strongly defined planes, and broad shapes rendered in flat colors. A close examination of the work reveals a number of easily identifiable objects on the table, including a vase with flowers, a glass with an absinthe spoon, a copy of the newspaper L’Heure, and a playing card.

Table by a Window, Jean Metzinger (French, Nantes 1883–1956 Paris), Oil on canvas

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