Landscape at Ceret (1913) by Juan Gris

Landscape at Ceret - Juan Gris - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape at Ceret
ArtistJuan Gris
Mediumoil on Canvas
Dimensions92 x 60 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationModerna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

About Landscape at Ceret

The artwork “Landscape at Ceret” by Juan Gris, created in 1913, is an oil on canvas painting that belongs to the Synthetic Cubism art movement. Its dimensions measure 92 by 60 centimeters. This landscape piece is currently housed in the Moderna Museet, located in Stockholm, Sweden.

“Landscape at Ceret” is distinctive for its fragmented forms and the use of vivid, yet harmonious, color palette that is characteristic of Gris’s cubist style. The composition breaks the landscape into a series of geometric shapes that intersect and overlap, creating a sense of depth and structure within the flatness of the canvas. Hues of red, green, blue, and yellow divide the painting into distinct sections which suggest different elements of the rural vista – perhaps fields, hills, and parts of the sky. The trees, houses, and possible farmland are depicted not as they appear in reality but as stylized shapes and forms, contributing to a reconstructed reality that invites viewers to engage with the painting in a deeper, more thoughtful way. Shadows and highlights are used effectively to create the illusion of three-dimensionality, while the bold use of color underscores the emotional and perceptual experience. Juan Gris’s artwork stands as a testament to the innovative potential of Cubism to transform the mundane into a dynamic interplay of form and color.

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