Guitar and Fruit Bowl on a Table (1918) by Juan Gris

Guitar and Fruit Bowl on a Table - Juan Gris - 1918

Artwork Information

TitleGuitar and Fruit Bowl on a Table
ArtistJuan Gris
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationKunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland

About Guitar and Fruit Bowl on a Table

The artwork titled “Guitar and Fruit Bowl on a Table” was created by the artist Juan Gris in the year 1918. It is an oil painting on canvas that belongs to the Cubism art movement, specifically categorized under the genre of still life. This piece is currently housed at the Kunstmuseum Basel located in Basel, Switzerland.

Upon examining the artwork, one observes the distinct stylistic features characteristic of Cubism, a movement known for its revolutionary approach to depicting reality. The painting illustrates the fragmentation of objects, an interplay of geometric shapes, and a muted color palette, which work together to depict a still life arrangement from multiple perspectives simultaneously.

The canvas showcases a guitar and a fruit bowl, as suggested by the title, alongside what appear to be sheets of music and other abstracted elements. The objects are broken down into their essential forms and then reconstructed on the flat plane of the canvas, offering a sense of both depth and flatness. Gris’s use of shading and lines to denote planes and edges gives the composition a rhythmic harmony that is both ordered and dynamic.

This deconstruction and simplification of form allow the viewer to experience the objects in a manner that moves beyond mere visual representation, delving into a more conceptual and intellectual understanding of shape, space, and form—a key tenet of Cubist philosophy.

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