About This Artwork

Juan Gris
Spanish, 1887–1927

Marcelle la Blonde, 1921

Graphite on cream wove paper
360 x 270 mm

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection, 2013.946

Gris met the celebrated blonde beauty Marcelle Brun while vacationing in the French Riviera, where they enjoyed lavish dinners and sometimes danced until three in the morning. Gris completed several portraits of his acquaintances during this time. All of the graphite portraits were bust-length, three-quarter views of the sitter, with single, continuous lines used to represent their facial features. Here, you can trace a line from Brun’s left eye, down the left side of her nose, to the top of her lip.

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