Juan Gris’ Pears and Grapes on a Table is a still life oil painting created in 1913 during the period of Synthetic Cubism. The painting features meticulously drawn and shaded objects on a table, including coffee cups, wine glasses, fruit compote, wine and ale bottles, newspaper, and a guitar. Gris was known for his combination of traditional naturalism, abstraction, and papier collé techniques in his artwork.
The dimensions of Pears and Grapes on a Table are 54.6 x 73 cm, and the painting showcases Gris’ technical prowess in drawing and painting. Gris, who shifted from engineering to drawing and painting, is recognized as one of the four major figures in Cubism. In creating this artwork, Gris worked through analytical and synthetic Cubism, using extensive papier collé or collage techniques.
Pears and Grapes on a Table reflects Gris’ sophisticated approach to composition and color. The painting is characterized by flat planes and geometric patterns, which were hallmarks of Synthetic Cubism. Gris’ use of collage techniques introduced new textures and colors to his artwork, and this painting is a testament to his skillful combination of traditional and modern art techniques.