Newspaper and Fruit Dish (1916) by Juan Gris

Newspaper and Fruit Dish - Juan Gris - 1916

Artwork Information

TitleNewspaper and Fruit Dish
ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions92 x 60 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationYale University Art Gallery (Yale University), New Haven, CT, US

About Newspaper and Fruit Dish

“Newspaper and Fruit Dish” is an oil on canvas artwork by Juan Gris, dated 1916, that exemplifies the Synthetic Cubism movement. It possesses dimensions of 92 x 60 cm and belongs to the still life genre. This piece is part of the collection at Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, United States.

The artwork presents a fragmented and abstracted still life composition that characterizes Synthetic Cubism, which contrasts with the earlier phase of Cubism known as Analytic Cubism. Juan Gris has composed the artwork using a rich and varied palette, with a central focus on geometric shapes that defy conventional perspectives. Key elements such as fragments of a newspaper, the titular “Le Journal,” and glimpses of a fruit dish, are interwoven within a complex spatial structure. The text on the newspaper is legible and contrasts starkly with the surrounding patterns and colors, lending a hint of the familiar within the otherwise restructured and reimagined representation of reality.

The play of light and shadow, as well as the juxtaposition of different textures and patterns, creates a sense of depth and dimension within the flattened pictorial space. Gris’s masterful use of color harmonies and bold outlines contributes to the overall balance and coherence of the composition, despite its initial appearance of disjunction. In this work, the artist continues to explore the limits of visual representation, challenging the viewer’s understanding of form and space in the physical world.

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