Guitar on the Table (1913) by Juan Gris

Guitar on the Table - Juan Gris - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleGuitar on the Table
ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions60 x 73.7 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Guitar on the Table

“Guitar on the Table” is an exceptional artwork by Juan Gris, dating back to 1913. Executed in oil on canvas, this piece measures 60 by 73.7 centimeters and belongs to the Synthetic Cubism movement. Classified as a still life, the artwork is currently part of a private collection.

The artwork depicts a guitar resting on a table, portrayed through geometric simplification and fragmented plane construction, both hallmarks of the Synthetic Cubism movement. Juan Gris utilizes a restrained palette, employing blues, browns, and whites to craft the composition, while interspersing textural and pattern elements to create visual interest. The background is adorned with decorative motifs, suggesting wallpaper or drapery, which juxtapose the solidity of the pictorial subjects. Light and shadow play crucial roles in demarcating forms, contributing to the overall sense of depth. The compendium of shapes, although abstracted, is orchestrated in such a way that the viewer can infer the presence of the guitar and other components of the still life. The artwork is emblematic of the innovative style that challenged conventional representation in the early 20th century, pushing the boundaries of visual interpretation and the viewer’s engagement with the subject matter.

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