Amédée Ozenfant

Guitar and Bottles


The composition is informed by the Purist aesthetic as developed by Amédée Ozenfant and Le Corbusier in 1918. Drawing on pre-1914 Cubism, particularly the coolly rational interpretation of Juan Gris, they dismissed its subsequent evolution as too decorative and unordered. They felt that the chaos of the natural world should be dispelled by the organizing mechanisms of the human mind. This conviction became a moral imperative that Ozenfant and Le Corbusier attempted to uphold in their work. Ozenfant's resulting compositions are lucid and geometric but somewhat dry.

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Artist Amédée Ozenfant
Original Title Guitare et bouteilles
Date 1920
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 80.5 x 99.8 cm
Credit line Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York)
Accession 76.2553 PG 24
Collection Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Type Painting

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