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About This Artwork
Still Life Filled with Space, 1924
Oil on canvas
23 3/4 x 28 3/4 in. (60.3 x 73 cm)
Bequest of Richard S. Zeisler, 2007.279
Modern and Contemporary Art
Not on Display
This still life is a prime example of Purism, a style developed in 1918 by the architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (later called Le Corbusier) and the painter Amédée Ozenfant and championed in their journal, L’Esprit nouveau (The New Spirit). Promoting the elimination of the picturesque in favor of mathematical order and logic, Purist artists, including Fernand Léger, sought to represent the modern, "universal" forms of the world—especially machine-made objects—in a precise and balanced way as part of their effort to promote a new, modern classicism. Despite the generally smooth, brushless style of Purist pictures, Still Life Filled with Space has an unusual amount of brushwork and texture, notably in the patterned border, which the artist made by dragging a comblike tool repeatedly through the wet white paint.
— Permanent collection label
New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, The Classic Spirit in 20th Century Art, 1964, cat. 7, n.p. (ill.).
New York, Public Education Association of the City of New York, Seven Decades: 1895-1965: Cross Currents In Modern Art, April 26-May 21, 1966, cat. 134.
Amédée Ozenfant and Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, La peinture moderne (Paris: Les Éditions G. Cres & Cie, 1927), n.p. (ill.).
Sidney Janis Gallery, The Classic Spirit in 20th Century Art, exh. cat. (New York: Sidney Janis Gallery, 1964), no. 7, n.p. (ill.).
Peter Selz, Seven Decades: 1895-1965: Cross Currents In Modern Art, exh. cat. (New York: Public Education Association of the City of New York, 1966), pp. 67 and 80 (ill.).
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, by January 29, 1960; sold to Richard Zeisler, January 29, 1960 [receipt in curatorial file].