Pierrot (1919) by Juan Gris

Pierrot - Juan Gris - 1919

Artwork Information

ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions101 x 82 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationKunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

About Pierrot

The artwork entitled “Pierrot” is a notable piece created by artist Juan Gris in 1919. This cubist portrait is rendered in oil on canvas and measures 101 cm by 82 cm. True to the Cubist movement, Gris deconstructs and reassembles the subject in a manner that presents multiple viewpoints concurrently. The painting is housed in the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, located in Winterthur, Switzerland.

In the artwork, the figure depicted is the iconic character Pierrot, a traditional figure from the Italian commedia dell’arte. The composition presents a fragmented and geometric portrayal, in congruence with Cubist aesthetics. The color palette is subdued, predominantly featuring shades of white, black, beige, and hints of yellow, which articulate the forms and lend the piece a solemn and contemplative mood. Gris applies planes of color in a manner that both flattens and fragments the space, creating a complex interplay of forms and depth. The figure of Pierrot is central in the composition, surrounded by abstracted elements that suggest a performance or theatrical setting. Despite the abstract stylization, the essence of Pierrot, characterized by his costume and poise, remains discernible, a testament to Gris’s ability to distill and reinterpret forms within the cubist lexicon.

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