Still Life with Lamp (1919) by Juan Gris

Still Life with Lamp - Juan Gris - 1919

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Lamp
ArtistJuan Gris
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationKröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

About Still Life with Lamp

The artwork “Still Life with Lamp” by Juan Gris was created in 1919, employing the medium of oil on canvas. Characteristic of the Cubist movement, this piece falls under the genre of still life. Presently, it can be appreciated at the Kröller-Müller Museum located in Otterlo, Netherlands. The piece stands as a testament to the innovative aesthetic of Cubism, pioneered by artists like Picasso and Braque, and further evolved by Gris, contributing significantly to the shifting landscape of early 20th-century art.

Upon examining the artwork, one observes a composition of fragmented and interlocking planes that suggest various objects and their relationships to each other. The use of contrasting colors and shapes creates a sense of depth and dimensionality, while the elements of the still life—likely including the titular lamp—are depicted with a combination of geometric and curved forms. Highlights and shading give weight to the objects and the use of light suggests a spatial arrangement that is both flattened and dynamic. The piece is dominated by earthy tones juxtaposed with segments of more vibrant colors, which helps to differentiate the forms and contributes to the overall harmony of the composition. Such techniques exemplify Gris’s contribution to Cubism, where the reconstruction of reality is meant to provide a more comprehensive understanding of its essence through multiple perspectives amalgamated into a single pictorial space.

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