Guitar and Glasses (Banjo and Glasses) (1912) by Juan Gris

Guitar and Glasses (Banjo and Glasses) - Juan Gris - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleGuitar and Glasses (Banjo and Glasses)
ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions30 x 58 cm
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Guitar and Glasses (Banjo and Glasses)

The artwork titled “Guitar and Glasses (Banjo and Glasses)” was created by artist Juan Gris in the year 1912. Employing oil on canvas as its medium, the piece measures 30 x 58 cm and exemplifies the principles of Analytical Cubism. It is classified under the still life genre and currently resides within a private collection. This painting is characterized by a complex interplay of forms and a subdued color palette, typical of the cubist style which aimed to portray subjects from multiple angles within the same context.

Analyzing the artwork, the viewer observes an intricate array of geometric shapes and fragmented objects, including a guitar or banjo and a pair of glasses, elements that suggest the quotidian yet are reimagined into an arrangement that challenges conventional perceptions. The neutral and earthy tones merge with sharp lines and overlapping planes to generate depth and a sense of three-dimensionality on the two-dimensional surface. The textural contrasts, visible gradations, and the subtle play of light and shadow further accentuate the dynamic composition of the scene.

Gris’s work shows a careful balance between form and space, hinting at the convergence of the visible and interpretive realms. As part of the Analytical Cubism movement, which he contributed to alongside pioneers like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, Gris’s “Guitar and Glasses” stands as a testament to the exploration of visual language and perspective during this revolutionary period in art history.

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