Fruit Bowl with Bottle (1914) by Juan Gris

Fruit Bowl with Bottle - Juan Gris - 1914

Artwork Information

TitleFruit Bowl with Bottle
ArtistJuan Gris
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationKröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

About Fruit Bowl with Bottle

The artwork titled “Fruit Bowl with Bottle” was created by Juan Gris in the year 1914 and is a quintessential example of the Synthetic Cubism art movement. This still life composition is housed at the Kröller-Müller Museum located in Otterlo, Netherlands. The artwork presents a complex arrangement of objects, rendering a synthesis of form and color that exemplifies Gris’s analytical approach to still life.

In “Fruit Bowl with Bottle,” Gris employs a refined palette and a harmonious interplay of geometric shapes to depict the fragmented elements of a table setting. The central focal point appears to be a bowl of fruit, possibly grapes, which sits on a stem atop what could be interpreted as a table or surface. Adjacently, there is the eponymous bottle, featuring a distinctive curvilinear form that contrasts with the surrounding angular shapes. Its transparent qualities are sensitively rendered through clever overlay and juxtaposition of colors and patterns, suggesting depth and dimension.

Flanking these central elements are various planes and shapes that suggest other facets of a typical still life arrangement, such as newspapers or printed materials, indicated by typography, and additional tabletop items. The composition employs a restrained yet expressive color scheme, predominantly comprising earthy tones with subtle injections of primary colors. The geometric abstraction invites the viewer to piece together the reimagined objects, while the interlocking planes and the shifting perspectives are characteristic of the Cubist endeavor to represent multiple viewpoints simultaneously.

Gris’s meticulous approach to Synthetic Cubism is evident in how he synthesizes form, color, and textural elements to create a cohesive and engaging still life, pushing the boundaries of traditional representation.

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