Object (Roses Des Vents) is a famous and distinctive artwork by American artist Joseph Cornell. Created between 1942 and 1953, the piece is a wooden box containing small miscellaneous objects arranged in narrative dioramas, complemented by maps that line its hinged lid. The diorama includes clock faces, marbles, star maps, and other intriguing trinkets.
Cornell was a pioneer of assemblage art movements, influenced by Surrealism. He had no formal training in art but spent his days scouring second-hand bookstores and antique shops in Manhattan to collect inspiration for his creations. His boxes are highly distinctive and symbolized his unique style of creating three-dimensional or two-dimensional artistic compositions using found objects.
Object (Roses des vents) is not currently on display but remains among his most famous works of art alongside other notable assemblages such as “Hotel Eden” (1945), “Medici Slot Machine” (1942-52), and “The Aviary” (c. 1950). The piece corresponds closely with Cornell’s characteristic style of making narrative dioramas from found objects.