The Glass (1914) by Juan Gris

The Glass - Juan Gris - 1914

Artwork Information

TitleThe Glass
ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions27 x 22 cm
Art MovementCubism

About The Glass

“The Glass,” is an artwork crafted by Juan Gris in 1914. Employing oil on canvas as his medium, the piece measures 27 by 22 centimeters and belongs to the Cubism art movement, specifically depicting a still life. This artwork exemplifies Cubism’s distinctive approach, through its deconstruction of objects into abstract, geometric forms, a hallmark of the style pioneered by artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

The artwork presents the viewer with a fragmentation of forms and multiple perspectives coalescing into a harmonious whole. A glass, presumably the eponymous subject, is depicted alongside other elements, potentially a newspaper and wooden surfaces, which might represent a table or a floor. The utilization of earthy tones and the interplay of light and shadow give the composition a sense of depth and solidity, despite the abstract representation. The brushwork is meticulous, contributing to the textural quality of the surfaces within the artwork. Notably, there is an inscription visible, which ostensibly adds an element of realism within an otherwise highly stylized composition, perhaps serving to anchor the still life in a semblance of reality.

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