Table Overlooking the Sea (1925) by Juan Gris

Table Overlooking the Sea - Juan Gris - 1925

Artwork Information

TitleTable Overlooking the Sea
ArtistJuan Gris
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Table Overlooking the Sea

The artwork “Table Overlooking the Sea” was created by Juan Gris in 1925. Gris, who was notably associated with the Cubist art movement, utilized oil on canvas as his medium to produce this piece. The genre of this work is still life, and it is held in a private collection. This artwork exemplifies the key characteristics of Cubism, showcasing geometric simplification of objects and a monochromatic color palette, which Gris was known for incorporating into his work.

In the artwork, one observes a table set against a backdrop that suggests a view of the sea, possibly through a window, as indicated by the geometric shapes and lines that give an impression of a fragmented landscape. On the table, there is an assortment of objects that can be discerned despite the abstract representation, common to Cubist style. The viewers’ eyes are drawn to a guitar, which is centrally located and depicted with a multifaceted surface, allowing multiple perspectives to be viewed simultaneously. Accompanying the guitar are what appear to be a newspaper and a vase, within which sit several pieces of fruit. The composition boasts an array of angular shapes and intersecting planes, resulting in a dynamic tension and a sense of three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional surface. The use of color is restrained yet deliberate, with a harmonious blend of warm and cool tones that contribute to the depth and form of the still life elements and their spatial relationship with the surrounding environment.

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