About This Artwork

Juan Gris
Spanish, 1887-1927

Glass, Siphon and Checkerboard, 1917

Charcoal, with stumping on cream laid paper
470 x 310 mm
Inscribed recto, upper right, in graphite: "À madame Marcillac / amicalement/Juan Gris/Paris 1917."

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Leigh B. Block, 1954.1061

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

New York, Wildenstein and Company, "Master Drawings from The Art Institute of Chicago," October 17–November 30, 1963, n.p., cat. 161, pl. LI, as "Still Life with a Siphon."

New York, Saidenberg Gallery, "Juan Gris," May 9–June 24, 1967, n.p., cat. 24 (ill.), as Nature morte au siphon.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "The Cubist Epoch," 1970, pp. 225 and 290, cat. 275, fig. 136; traveled to New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Paris, Orangerie des Tuileries, "Juan Gris," March 14–July 1, 1974, p. 122, cat. 138 (ill.), as Nature morte au siphon.

Baden-Baden, Germany, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, "Juan Gris," July 20–September 29, 1974, n.p., cat. Z29 (ill.), as Stilleben mit Siphon.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstinstitut, "Französische Zeichnungen aus dem Art Institute of Chicago," February 10–April 10, 1977, pp. 174–175, cat. 84 (ill.), as Stilleben mit Syphon.

Bielefeld, Germany, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, "Zeichnungen und Collagen des Kubismus Picasso, Braque, Gris," March 11–April 29, 1979, n.p., cat. 233 (ill.), as Stilleben mit Siphon.

Madrid, Salas Pablo Ruiz Picasso, "Juan Gris," September 20–November 24, 1985, p. 349, cat. 146 (ill.).

London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, "Juan Gris," p. 179, cat. 20 (ill.), as Still-life with Siphon; traveled to Stuttgart, Germany, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, December 18, 1992–February 14, 1993; and Otterlo, the Kroller-Muller Museum, March 5–May 1, 1993.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper," March 24-September 13, 2009, no cat.

Publication History

The Art Institute of Chicago Annual Report, (1954–1955), p. 13 (ill.), as Still Life with Siphon.

Erhard Gopel, “Hausse auf dem Weltmarkt der Zeichnung,” Süddeutsche Zeitung 24 (January 28, 1965) (ill.).

Christopher Green, “Synthesis and the ‘Synthetic Process’ in the Painting of Juan Gris 1915–19,” Art History 5:1 (March 1982), pp. 93–95 and 104, fig. 22, as Nature-morte au siphon.

Ownership History

The artist to Madame Marcillac, Paris, 1917 [inscription]. Given by Mr. and Mrs. Leigh B. Block, Chicago, to the AIC, 1954.




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