Harlequin (1922) by Juan Gris

Harlequin - Juan Gris - 1922

Artwork Information

ArtistJuan Gris
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationMusée d'Art moderne de Céret, Ceret, France

About Harlequin

The artwork “Harlequin” was created by the artist Juan Gris in 1922. It is a portrait that resides within the Cubism art movement and is currently located at the Musée d’Art moderne de Céret in Ceret, France. This piece epitomizes the fragmentation and geometric reconfiguration for which Cubism is renowned.

Upon examining the artwork, one can observe the portrayal of the Harlequin, a character commonly depicted in checkered costume and known in the Commedia dell’arte. Gris has masterfully utilized a restrained color palette, predominantly incorporating shades of yellow and gray with touches of blue and brown, which imbues the portrait with a sense of harmony despite the fractured nature of Cubism. The subject is broken into an array of geometric shapes that suggest a semblance of three-dimensionality while simultaneously flattening the picture plane according to the stylizations characteristic of Cubism.

The portrait is comprised of various intersecting planes and angles that create a complex interplay of light and shadow. The Harlequin is depicted with facial features that maintain just enough conventional detail to be recognizable, while the body and costume convey a dynamic sense of movement and depth through angular and overlapping forms. Geometric abstraction and a subtle range of tones contribute to an overall sense of cohesive composition and underlying structure that are hallmarks of Gris’ sophisticated approach to Cubism.

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