Still Life before an Open Window Place Ravignan (1915) by Juan Gris

Still Life before an Open Window Place Ravignan - Juan Gris - 1915

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life before an Open Window Place Ravignan
ArtistJuan Gris
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions114.5 x 89 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationPhiladelphia Museum of Art

About Still Life before an Open Window Place Ravignan

“Still Life before an Open Window Place Ravignan” is an artwork crafted by Juan Gris in the year 1915, employing the medium of oil on canvas. This piece is a representation of the Synthetic Cubism art movement and measures 114.5 by 89 centimeters. As a still life genre painting, it presently resides within the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The artwork is a complex interplay of shapes and colors that deconstructs and reassembles the perception of space and form, as is typical of Synthetic Cubism. Gris constructs the composition with fragmented objects, geometric planes, and juxtapositions of pattern and color that challenge traditional notions of perspective. Visible are elements that suggest the presence of a table, various objects such as a newspaper, and the eponymous open window that frames an urban vista. This window offers a glimpse into the world beyond the immediate still life, entwining the interior and exterior within the same spatial continuum. The harmonious yet dynamic arrangement of forms and colors exudes a sense of balanced composition while simultaneously exuding a rhythmic vitality. Gris’s masterful combination of realistic elements and abstracted forms exemplifies the innovation and intellectual exploration that characterized the Cubist movement.

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