Does anyone know if there is any painting in art history that depicts furniture floating in the air?

I searched some catalogues and online encyclopedias that covered the period of 1920-1960, but didn't find any depiction of the kind. It would be really helpful if anyone could name a particular painting.


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René Magritte's Le Temps menaçant (Threatening Weather) depicts a marble torso, a tuba, and what I would call a "kitchen chair" (a wooden chair with wicker seat), all in greyish white, hovering above a deep blue cove and a rocky beach.

a marble torso, a tuba, and a wooden chair with wicker seat, all in greyish white, hovering above a deep blue cove and a rocky beach

Another image at the National Galleries Scotland.

  • I suppose a lithograph isn't technically a painting, but good find!
    – Brian Z
    Commented Oct 26, 2023 at 20:36
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    I'm flagging this answer because it is not a pipe.
    – Robert Columbia
    Commented Oct 27, 2023 at 1:32
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    @RobertColumbia I might be.
    – pipe
    Commented Oct 27, 2023 at 10:37

If we're accepting non-painting artworks, there's always Phillipe Halsman's famous photo of Salvadore Dali Dali Atomicus


There is the The Absinthe Drinker by Degas, where the tables are somewhat missing support. For me it always represented the state of mind of the drinker, somehow at that stage you don't really care about such mundane things :). It may look as if there was some support hidden somewhere in the shades, but even the French version of the Wikipedia page suggests the legs are missing.


  • I'd have expected drinkers to very much care whether tables are supported...
    – RonJohn
    Commented Oct 27, 2023 at 17:33
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    after a glass of absinthe, you dont care about nothing. i guess thats the purpose of the drink :).
    – mojzis
    Commented Oct 27, 2023 at 23:01

I'm not sure what you mean by "in art history".

There's a large mural in Boise, Idaho, US of a floating chair.

"In 2017, Spokane’s David Carmack Lewis painted the first of three murals downtown, each one bigger and bolder than the last. The first went up on the Watercooler apartments on Idaho St. and spans a 50-foot by 40-foot wall. Called The Big Back Yard, Lewis’ work shows a chair floating in the sky over a dark desert highway with a single set of taillights in the distance." -- https://boisedev.com/news/2022/08/28/from-freak-alley-to-building-backsides-boises-mural-trend-keeps-growing/

There's a 2017 interview with the artist online via a local new station at https://idahonews.com/news/local/whats-with-the-chair

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