Flowers (1914) by Juan Gris

Flowers - Juan Gris - 1914

Artwork Information

ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions55 x 46 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Flowers

The artwork “Flowers” by Juan Gris, dated 1914, is a notable example of the genre still life within the Synthetic Cubism art movement. The piece measures 55 by 46 cm and is presently held in a private collection. This work reflects the distinctive characteristics of Synthetic Cubism, demonstrating Gris’s contribution to the genre by integrating collaged elements and various textures to create a composition that redefines the traditional form.

In the artwork, viewers are presented with a complex arrangement of shapes and elements overlaid with textured patterns that mimic the appearance of crumpled paper or fabric. Gris employs a palette dominated by shades of orange, gold, black, and vivid blue, creating a striking visual contrast. The presence of fragmented text and numbers from what appears to be a newspaper clipping further enriches the visual tapestry, hinting at the interplay between art and everyday life, and suggesting the notion of fragmentation and reconstruction inherent to Cubism. ElementReflected in the artwork are Gris’ innovative techniques, such as the use of papier collĂ©, an early type of collage, in which cut paper is arranged and adhered to the canvas, creating juxtapositions of reality and illusion. The composition of “Flowers” challenges the viewer’s perception, deconstructing and reassembling the familiar forms of the vase and flowers into an intriguing abstract structure that compels study and interpretation.

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