Glass of Beer and Playing Cards (1913) by Juan Gris

Glass of Beer and Playing Cards - Juan Gris - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleGlass of Beer and Playing Cards
ArtistJuan Gris
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions52.5 x 36.5 cm. (20 5/8 x 14 3/8 in.)
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationColumbus Museum of Art, Ohio

About Glass of Beer and Playing Cards

The artwork “Glass of Beer and Playing Cards” was crafted by the celebrated artist Juan Gris in 1913. This oil on canvas is an exemplar of the Synthetic Cubism movement, depicting a still life. Measuring 52.5 by 36.5 centimeters, the composition is housed at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio.

In examining the artwork, one can discern the fragmented forms and geometric abstraction characteristic of Cubism. The central subject presents a glass of beer, its foamy head rendered with a tactile richness that contrasts the flatter planes surrounding it. The array of playing cards intersects with the glass and other pictorial elements, which include what appears to be a newspaper and a tabletop. The artist employs a palette that meshes somber shades with punctuations of warmer tones, like those found in the grid-like tiles in the background, infusing a sense of depth and architectural structure. The stylized decorative motifs imbue the scene with a hint of ornamental elegance.

Gris’s interpretation of the still life genre through this artwork exemplifies the Cubist endeavor to depict objects from multiple viewpoints, thereby reconfiguring them into a cohesive yet visually complex whole. The artwork represents the synthesis of everyday objects into an evocative composition that defies traditional perspectives and seeks to encapsulate the essence of form and space.

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