Teacups (1914) by Juan Gris

Teacups - Juan Gris - 1914

Artwork Information

ArtistJuan Gris
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions65 x 92 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationKunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

About Teacups

The artwork titled “Teacups” is a distinguished piece by artist Juan Gris, created in 1914. Employing oil on canvas as his medium, Gris meticulously crafted this work, which exemplifies the Synthetic Cubism movement. The painting measures 65 by 92 centimeters and is classified as a still life. Contextually, “Teacups” forms part of the collection at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, located in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Delving into the composition of “Teacups,” one is immediately confronted with a rich tapestry of geometric forms and fragmented surfaces. Characteristic of Synthetic Cubism, the artwork deconstructs and reassembles its subjects to emphasize the two-dimensionality of the canvas while paradoxically suggesting multiple perspectives. The central subject matter appears to be an arrangement of teacups, which are intersected by sharp lines and shaded planes, implying depth and form in a subdued color palette. Gris has incorporated elements of trompe-l’oeil through the depiction of newspaper clippings, meshing text and imagery to further challenge the viewer’s perception of reality and representation. The integration of these textual elements pays homage to the collage technique, often employed in Synthetic Cubism, breaking the traditional boundaries of fine art by including everyday materials. The overall effect is a sophisticated interplay between abstraction and reality, inviting a contemplative analysis of the nature of visual experience.

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