Still Life (1914) by Juan Gris

Still Life - Juan Gris - 1914

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life
ArtistJuan Gris
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationSmith College Museum of Art (SCMA), Northampton, MA, US

About Still Life

The artwork titled “Still Life” was crafted by the artist Juan Gris in the year 1914. As a distinguished work within the Synthetic Cubism art movement, this still life genre painting is currently housed at the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) located in Northampton, Massachusetts, United States. The painting exemplifies the characteristics of Synthetic Cubism, a phase of Cubism that emerged following its Analytic period, known for the introduction of different textures, surfaces, collage elements, and a greater emphasis on color and form.

In the artwork, one observes the fragmented and abstracted forms that are customary to Cubist art. This piece features a composition of various objects which seem to include parts of newspapers, a glass, and other elements that are broken down into geometric shapes and reassembled on the canvas. The color palette is subdued but rich in brown and beige tones, with hints of black and orange adding contrast and depth to the scene. There is a play between two-dimensional and three-dimensional representation, inviting the viewer to interpret space and form from multiple perspectives. The inclusion of actual newspaper print highlights the Synthetic Cubist tendency to incorporate real-world textures and materials, creating a sense of layered reality that begs closer inspection. Overall, “Still Life” by Juan Gris stands as a testament to the artist’s mastery within the Synthetic Cubism movement, offering a complex and thought-provoking visual experience.

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