Open Window with Hills (1923) by Juan Gris

Open Window with Hills - Juan Gris - 1923

Artwork Information

TitleOpen Window with Hills
ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions73 x 92 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Open Window with Hills

The artwork entitled “Open Window with Hills” is a distinguished example of Synthetic Cubism, executed in 1923 by the artist Juan Gris. It is an oil on canvas creation, measuring 73 by 92 centimeters and is classified within the still life genre. As of the latest information available, this piece is held in a private collection.

In “Open Window with Hills,” the viewer is presented with a complex arrangement of shapes and objects, which are depicted in a style characteristic of Synthetic Cubism, where different textures, surfaces, and materials are combined to create a flattened yet visually rich composition. The scene is set against the backdrop of an open window, suggesting the intersection between interior space and the exterior world. A set of hills is faintly visible in the distance, beyond the window, contributing to the depth of the scene.

The artwork showcases various elements that appear to be arranged on a table or a similar flat surface. The use of color is both vibrant and restrained, highlighting certain aspects of the composition while allowing others to blend more subtly into the background. Forms and objects intertwine yet retain their distinctiveness through the use of delineating outlines and shifts in color and shading. In keeping with the Synthetic Cubist approach, the representation of these objects is fragmented and abstracted, inviting the observer to piece together the semblance of reality from the geometric forms.

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