Still Life with Bottle and Cigars (1912) by Juan Gris

Still Life with Bottle and Cigars - Juan Gris - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Bottle and Cigars
ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions9 x 31 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Still Life with Bottle and Cigars

“Still Life with Bottle and Cigars” is a distinctive work by Juan Gris, dating back to 1912. As a piece representative of the Synthetic Cubism art movement, it holds a place within a private collection and measures 9 x 31 cm in size. The genre of the artwork is still life, a genre that Gris, alongside his contemporaries, revolutionized with the introduction of Cubist theory and practice.

The artwork exhibits a fragmented composition, a hallmark of Cubism, where the bottle, cigars, and perhaps additional objects related to the leisurely activities of the time are reconfigured into a series of planes and geometric shapes. A muted and earthy color palette is accented by pops of contrasting hues, drawing the viewer’s attention to different parts of the canvas. Moreover, the work unfolds in a layered manner, with the objects and their surrounding space interlocking in a tight mosaic of color and form. Typography is also visible, a common feature in Synthetic Cubism, suggesting labels and printed materials that merge with the objects they are associated with, further blending the line between text and texture, object and environment, abstraction, and reality. The bold experimentation with visual language exemplifies Gris’ contribution to the advancement of avant-garde art in the early 20th century.

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