Pipe and Glass (1923) by Juan Gris

Pipe and Glass - Juan Gris - 1923

Artwork Information

TitlePipe and Glass
ArtistJuan Gris
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Pipe and Glass

The artwork titled “Pipe and Glass,” created by Juan Gris in 1923, is an oil painting on panel that exemplifies the Cubist art movement. Being a still life, the work showcases the thematic focus on everyday objects that is typical of the genre. This painting, like much of Gris’s oeuvre, is a part of a private collection and is not on public display.

The artwork is marked by the distinctive traits of Cubism, with its fragmented representation of reality and the geometrization of forms. The composition predominantly features abstracted shapes and a muted palette, suggesting the outline and silhouette of a pipe and a glass. The interplay of light and shadow is reduced to contrasting tones, while the objects seem to intersect and overlap with each other, creating an ambiguous sense of spatial relationships. Each element is depicted with a sense of structural clarity, as is characteristic of Gris’s more systematic approach to Cubism. The painting’s synthesis of the object’s essential forms and the juxtaposition of flat planes with physical volume reflects a hallmark of the Cubist endeavor to depict objects from multiple viewpoints within a single plane. The signature of Juan Gris and the date of creation are discreetly included within the composition, indicating the artist’s pride in his work and providing a contextual anchor for the viewer.

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