Abstraction (Guitar and Glass)

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

July 1913

Artist:

Juan Gris
Spanish, 1887–1927

About this artwork

Juan Gris traveled to Paris in 1906 and soon moved to the neighborhood of Montmartre, where he met Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Eventually, Gris joined their artistic circle and participated in the development of Cubism. In Abstraction (Guitar and Glass), he incorporated objects often used in Cubist still-life painting—musical instruments, newspaper, a glass, and a tabletop. Rather than shatter their forms, however, Gris took a more synthetic approach to the composition. The overlapping planes, flattened appearance, and rhythmic patterns of the painting reinforce the two-dimensional nature of the picture’s surface, while the trompe l’oeil effects, deeply saturated colors, strong light-dark contrasts, and precise definition of forms give the still life an extraordinary physical reality.

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 391

Artist

Juan Gris

Title

Abstraction (Guitar and Glass)

Origin

Spain

Date

1913

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed and dated on verso, u.l.: "Juan Gris 7-13"

Dimensions

36 × 23 1/2 in. (91.4 × 59.7 cm)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Fund

Reference Number

1961.36

Extended information about this artwork

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