Amédée Ozenfant Glasses and Bottles c.1922–6

Artwork details

Artist
Amédée Ozenfant 1886–1966
Title
Glasses and Bottles
Verres et bouteilles
Date c.1922–6
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 727 x 603 mm
frame: 905 x 784 x 60 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1962
Reference
T00551

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Ozenfant co-founded a style of painting known as purism, which applied the principles of classical proportion to products of the machine age. The fluting of the bottles in this painting recalls classical columns, and is echoed in the various neighbouring forms. These rhythmic relationships create a harmonious unity, which embodies Ozenfant’s belief that order gives rise to aesthetic experience. He wrote, ‘The highest delectation of the human mind is the perception of order, and the greatest human satisfaction is the feeling of collaboration or participation in this order’.

April 2012

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