Jean Metzinger (1883-1956) Pichet, fruits et tire-bouchon  23 3/4 x 28 7/8 in (60.5 x 73.5 cm) (Painted circa 1950-1956)
Lot 19
Jean Metzinger
(1883-1956)
Pichet, fruits et tire-bouchon 23 3/4 x 28 7/8 in (60.5 x 73.5 cm)
Sold for US$ 75,000 inc. premium

Impressionist & Modern Art

13 Nov 2018, 17:00 EST

New York

Lot Details
Jean Metzinger (1883-1956)
Pichet, fruits et tire-bouchon
signed 'J Metzinger' (lower left)
oil on canvas
23 3/4 x 28 7/8 in (60.5 x 73.5 cm)
Painted circa 1950-1956

Footnotes

  • This lot is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity by Bozena Nikiel.


    Provenance
    Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd., London.
    Edgardo Acosta Gallery, Beverly Hills.
    Acquired from the above.

    "Instead of copying nature...we create a milieu of our own wherein our sentiment can work itself out through a juxtaposition of colors. It is hard to explain, but it may perhaps be illustrated by analogy with literature and music... Music does not attempt to imitate nature's sounds, but it does interpret and embody emotions awakened by nature through a convention of its own, in a way to be aesthetically pleasing. In some such way, we, taking our hint from Nature, construct decoratively pleasing harmonies and symphonies of color expressive of our sentiment" (Metzinger quoted in G. Burgess, 'Wild Men of Paris', Architectural Record, May 1910, p. 413).

    Metzinger's close involvement with the development of Cubism in Paris in the first decades of the twentieth century is evident in the composition and general aesthetic of the present lot. The use of multiple viewpoints and the extreme flattening of the pictorial space tilts the tabletop and the objects on it towards the viewer. The pitcher is seen both from the side and from above with a further analysis of its internal structure conveyed by the use of stratified color. The choice of everyday objects as a focus for the composition evokes both the work of Paul Cèzanne and the post-Cubist still lifes of George Braque, which frequently made use of this decorative pictorial device, most notably in the Atelier series of the late 1940s and 1950s.

    In Pichet, fruits et tire-bouchon Metzinger seeks to simplify and synthesize each element of his composition, all the while using flat primary colors to further emphasize the geometric properties of the painting. He playfully experiments with the repetition of shapes, demonstrating the process of abstraction as the viewer's eye travels from left to right. The triangular shape of the wine glass, a classic Cubist compositional element, is echoed immediately to its right in the upside-down simplified shape of a pear. The full silhouette of the glass is then inserted in the interior of the pitcher, which in turn sweeps up towards the mouth of the vessel whose circular shape is echoed in the mouth of the wine bottle in the upper left corner. The bottle is in turn positioned immediately behind the wine glass, completing the cycle. The instantly readable form of the table top is repeated at several angles in varying tones of brown and ochre rectangles in the upper half of the canvas, providing a unifying background for the objects in the front of the composition. Thus the artist achieves a harmonious pictorial space where elements echo each other and form a coherent and sophisticated whole.
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