Juan Gris  (Spanish, 1887-1927) 

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Juan Gris, (Spanish, 1887– 1927), one of the pioneers of the Cubist movement, was born in Madrid, Spain. From 1902 to 1904, he studied mechanical drawing at the Escuela de Artes y Manufacturas in Madrid, during which time he contributed drawings to local periodicals. In 1904, he began to study painting with the artist Jose Maria Carbonero. After moving to Paris in 1906, he made friends with contemporaries Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) and Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963). With their influence, he began painting in an analytical Cubist manner, loosening his compositions from their mechanical beginnings. He received exposure for the work he did in this style style, exhibiting for the first time in 1912 at the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon de la Section d’Or in Paris. By 1913, Gris was exploring the papier collé style, a technique of collage that Picasso and Braque had become fond of. Using this method, Gris incorporated printed papers into his compositions, and even included numbers and symbols.

Gris approached his work with a systematic, almost mathematical eye. The term Synthetic Cubism was coined, representing the style to which Gris would remain faithful throughout the rest of his career. His use of colors and contrasting shapes create a visual rhythm in his pictures, allowing viewers to easily immerse themselves in his compositions, which were not unlike those of his friend Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954).

In 1920, Gris suffered an attack of pleurisy, and his health suffered for the rest of his life. Five years later, he was able to hold one of his only exhibitions, at the Flechtheim Gallery in Duesseldorf. He frequently visited the South of France as his health continued to decline. Gris died in May of 1927, at the age of 40.

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Juan Gris, Compotier et verre

 

Juan Gris
Compotier et verre
1916

Galerie Dreyfus
Juan Gris, Bouteille Poires

 

Juan Gris
Bouteille Poires
1920

Galería Leandro Navarro
Juan Gris, Tête d’homme

 

Juan Gris
Tête d’homme
circa 1918

Galería Elvira González
Juan Gris, La maisonnette

 

Juan Gris
La maisonnette
1924

Galería Cayón
Juan Gris, Tête de Femme

 

Juan Gris
Tête de Femme
circa 1918

Galería Elvira González
Juan Gris, Exhibition view

 

Juan Gris
Exhibition view
Galería Elvira González
Juan Gris, Exhibition view

 

Juan Gris
Exhibition view
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Juan Gris, L'affaire du Vésinet - S'appeler... comme ça, et ne, pas savoir s'y prendre avec les femmes !!! ou L'enfant riche et l'enfant pauvre

 

Juan Gris
L'affaire du Vésinet - S'appeler... comme ça, et ne, pas savoir s'y prendre avec les femmes !!! ou L'enfant riche et l'enfant pauvre
gouache, charcoal and color pencil on paper

 

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Juan Gris, Cubistic composition

 

Juan Gris
Cubistic composition
color lithograph

 

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Juan Gris, Nature morte

 

Juan Gris
Nature morte, 1922
color pochoir

 

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1974   Juan Gris, Paris, France
1971   The Cubist Epoch, Los Angeles, CA
1965 - 1966   Juan Gris, Dortmund & Cologne
1961   Collections of Alumni, Cambridge, MA
1953   Fiesta Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA