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Gris spent several months during 1920-1 at Bandol, a small port on the French Mediterranean coast. He worked on a series of paintings that depict objects in front of a window overlooking the harbour, bringing together landscape and still life. In this work, items commonly found in Cubist still lifes - the bottle, glass, newspaper and fruit - are set against the blue sea and distant hills. Breaking away from the shallow space associated with pre-war Cubism, Gris allows foreground and distant background elements to co-exist without use of a naturalistic perspective.

January 2009