Still Life with Guitar (1912 – 1913) by Juan Gris

Still Life with Guitar - Juan Gris - 1912 - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Guitar
ArtistJuan Gris
Date1912 - 1913
Art MovementAnalytical Cubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Still Life with Guitar

The artwork “Still Life with Guitar” by Juan Gris, created between 1912 and 1913, reflects the aesthetic principles of Analytical Cubism. This piece is categorized within the still life genre. Currently, the artwork is held within a private collection. The significance of this work lies in its embodiment of the innovative techniques that characterize the Analytical Cubism movement, which aimed to deconstruct and reassemble objects in an abstract manner to capture them from multiple viewpoints on a two-dimensional plane.

“Still Life with Guitar” reveals an intricate composition in which the guitar and other elements of the traditional still life are fragmented and overlapped. Shades of black, white, and gray dominate the palette, punctuated by subtle textural details that enhance the visual complexity. The geometric shapes interlock to depict the guitar amidst a background of intersecting planes, lines, and curves. Despite the abstract approach, there is a semblance of depth and three-dimensionality achieved through the careful juxtaposition of forms. The artwork is inscribed with the artist’s signature, grounding it in a personal and historical context. This piece not only demonstrates Gris’s technical skill but also reflects the broader cultural movement during the early 20th century that sought to challenge and redefine the boundaries of visual representation.

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