The Open Window (1921) by Juan Gris

The Open Window - Juan Gris - 1921

Artwork Information

TitleThe Open Window
ArtistJuan Gris
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions65 x 100 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Madrid, Spain

About The Open Window

“The Open Window” is a notable work of art by Juan Gris, created in 1921. This oil on canvas resides within the confines of the Cubist movement, which is attributed to its geometric fragmentation and multi-perspective rendering. The artwork measures 65 by 100 cm and falls within the still life genre. It is currently housed at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) in Madrid, Spain, where it contributes to the rich tapestry of modern art collections.

The artwork presents a view through an open window, juxtaposed with various objects that constitute a still life scene. The window panes are depicted with sharp geometric lines and angles, opening up to a serene seascape. The sea and sky are represented in shades of blue and white, creating a sense of space and depth beyond the room’s interior. Objects included in the composition, such as the guitar, a bottle, and a bowl of fruit, are rendered in a style that emphasizes their geometric forms, yet they are still recognizable. The contrast between the open window and the still life elements further accentuates the interplay between interior and exterior spaces, which is a common theme in the Cubist movement. Gris’s skillful use of color and form in “The Open Window” exemplifies his contribution to early 20th-century avant-garde art.

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