The Bay (1921) by Juan Gris

The Bay - Juan Gris - 1921

Artwork Information

TitleThe Bay
ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions68.6 x 97.5 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Bay

“The Bay,” a notable artwork by Juan Gris completed in 1921, embodies the stylistic principles of Synthetic Cubism. This oil on canvas piece measures 68.6 by 97.5 cm and is categorized within the still life genre. Currently held in a private collection, “The Bay” exemplifies Gris’s contribution to the avant-garde movement that captivated early 20th-century art.

In the artwork, Juan Gris utilizes a muted yet varied palette to fracture and reconstruct the reality of a still life setting into geometric planes and shapes, indicative of the Synthetic Cubism movement that sought to synthesize different viewpoints and incorporate multiple perspectives. The composition features objects that include a bowl, a fruit cluster which appears to be grapes, a newspaper bearing the legible text “LE JOU,” and a glass, all carefully arranged on a table, with a sailboat in the background. The juxtaposition of these elements, as well as the interplay between light and shadow, create a compelling depth and tangible solidity amidst the characteristic fragmentation of form, thus offering the viewer an intricate dance between the two-dimensional surface and its implied three-dimensional space.

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