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: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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.