Glass, Cup and Newspaper (1913) by Juan Gris

Glass, Cup and Newspaper - Juan Gris - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleGlass, Cup and Newspaper
ArtistJuan Gris
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism

About Glass, Cup and Newspaper

The artwork “Glass, Cup and Newspaper” is a significant piece by Juan Gris, created in the year 1913. It is executed in oil on canvas, embodying the aesthetic principles of Synthetic Cubism, an art movement that emphasizes the combination of forms in a constructed manner rather than dissecting them. The genre of this piece is still life, an artistic category focusing on inanimate subject matter.

In this artwork, Gris presents a composition that depicts everyday objects, distilling them into geometric forms and planes that interact in a complex arrangement. The conventional perception of depth and perspective is subverted by the careful assemblage of colored shapes which come together to suggest the titular glass, cup, and fragments of a newspaper. The use of a limited but bold color palette and the incorporation of text elements are signature to the Synthetic Cubist style, seeking to unify various pieces into a coherent whole that plays with viewer perception. The letters “LE” from the newspaper segment are discernible, adding a touch of reality within the abstract structure. Gris’s work is characterized by a refined and harmonious approach to the Cubist technique, distinguishing his compositions with clarity and a sense of compositional balance.

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