Portrait of Germaine Raynal (1912) by Juan Gris

Portrait of Germaine Raynal - Juan Gris - 1912

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Germaine Raynal
ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions55 x 38 cm
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Portrait of Germaine Raynal

The artwork titled “Portrait of Germaine Raynal” is an oil on canvas painting created by Juan Gris in 1912. As a significant work of the Analytical Cubism movement, it measures 55 x 38 cm and belongs to the portrait genre. Currently, the artwork is housed within a private collection.

In the artwork, the figure of Germaine Raynal is depicted with the distinctive fragmented geometry characteristic of Analytical Cubism. The composition is complex, breaking down forms into interlocking planes of muted color and monochrome, which suggest depth and volume. The subject’s features are abstractly but recognizably rendered through the use of sharp lines and overlapping shapes. Shadows and highlights are used to articulate the form within the spatial arrangement of shapes and planes. The background appears to merge with the figure, demonstrating the cubist approach to blending figure and space. Gris’s signature can be seen clearly in the lower part, adding a personal touch to this striking example of early 20th-century modern art.

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