This painting depicts the view from Juan Gris’s hotel window in the small town of Céret, in the Pyrenees; Le Canigou is one of the range’s highest peaks. He painted numerous still life images that include open windows in order to integrate near and far space within a composition. For Gris, interior scenes represented the human psyche while exterior ones embodied the more corporeal aspects of living. Paintings like Le Canigou symbolize the union of these two worlds.
Label from Picasso: The Artist and His Models, November 5, 2016–February 19, 2017