The Goblet (1927) by Juan Gris

The Goblet - Juan Gris - 1927

Artwork Information

TitleThe Goblet
ArtistJuan Gris
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Goblet

“The Goblet” is an artwork by Juan Gris, created in 1927, which exemplifies the Cubist movement. This still life is painted with oil on canvas, showcasing Gris’s unique approach to fragmentation and geometric reconstruction of objects. Although currently residing within a private collection, the piece maintains its historical and aesthetic significance through its adherence to Cubist principles.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with an arrangement that is both familiar and abstract. A goblet, which is central to the composition, is depicted with a monochromatic palette, its forms broken down into geometric shapes. Surrounding the goblet are other elements that suggest the presence of a tabletop scenario, potentially including a tablecloth and additional objects. The background is muted and dark, allowing the sharply delineated forms of the goblet and its accompaniments to stand out.

The mastery of Cubism is evident in the way the artist rearranges reality; the objects are simultaneously flat and dimensional, offering multiple perspectives fused into one plane. The use of light and shadow, along with the contrast between the rendered textures, accentuates the various surfaces and materials. Despite the reduction of objects to their essential geometric forms, the still life possesses a rhythmic quality and a harmonious balance that is characteristic of Gris’s sophisticated Cubist compositions.

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