The Bordeaux bottle (1915) by Juan Gris

The Bordeaux bottle - Juan Gris - 1915

Artwork Information

TitleThe Bordeaux bottle
ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions50 x 61 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationNeue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

About The Bordeaux bottle

The artwork titled “The Bordeaux bottle,” created by artist Juan Gris in 1915, is an oil on canvas painting that exemplifies the Synthetic Cubism movement. It measures 50 by 61 centimeters and is classified within the still life genre. Currently, the artwork is housed at the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, Germany.

The painting showcases Juan Gris’s distinctive use of geometric simplification and fragmented objects, a hallmark of Cubist methodology. The subject matter is discernible despite the complexity, as elements of a bottle with the inscription ‘BORDEAUX,’ a goblet, a newspaper, and other miscellaneous pieces are visible. Gris makes use of a restrained but compelling palette, rendering the objects in shades of greens, blues, browns, and whites. These colors are juxtaposed against a background featuring arched and straight segments, contributing to a sense of depth and three-dimensionality within the otherwise flattened pictorial space. The textural contrasts between the smooth bottle, the opacity of the surfaces, and the implied crispness of the paper items reveal Gris’s attention to the tactile qualities of the depicted materials. The intentional placement of shadows and highlights further manipulates the viewer’s perception of space and form, demonstrating the artist’s commitment to exploring the boundaries between reality and abstraction. Overall, “The Bordeaux bottle” embodies the innovative spirit of early 20th-century modern art, challenging traditional representation and inviting contemplation on the nature of visual experience.

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