Still Life with Coffee Mill (1916) by Juan Gris

Still Life with Coffee Mill - Juan Gris - 1916

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Coffee Mill
ArtistJuan Gris
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

About Still Life with Coffee Mill

“Still Life with Coffee Mill,” created by Juan Gris in 1916, is a notable work that exemplifies the Cubist art movement. As a sketch and study, it is held in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, located in Chicago, IL, US. This artwork is a testament to the innovative visual language that came to define the early 20th century through the lens of Cubism.

The artwork portrays an arrangement of objects associated with a coffee service, including a coffee mill at the center, which Gris has deconstructed and presented in a reorganized form characteristic of Cubist style. The representation uses geometric abstraction to decompose and flatten the three-dimensional objects into a two-dimensional plane. One notices the various tones of shading to suggest depth, and a use of intersecting planes that may evoke the sense of multiple perspectives being viewed simultaneously. The monochromatic execution adds a sense of cohesion to the diverse elements within the composition. The delicate and precise lines indicate a thoughtful study of form and space, inviting viewers to consider the marriage of the abstract and the representational that Gris and his Cubist contemporaries so deftly explored.

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