The Guitar (1913) by Juan Gris

The Guitar - Juan Gris - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleThe Guitar
ArtistJuan Gris
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions61 x 50 cm. (24 x 19 5/8 in.)
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Guitar

“The Guitar” by Juan Gris, dated 1913, is an exemplary piece of Synthetic Cubism, a movement distinguished by its construction-like approach to creating compositions. The artwork, an oil on canvas measuring 61 x 50 cm, employs a still life genre and currently resides within a private collection. The painting exemplifies a period when the contemplation of form, texture, and color were in the forefront of artistic innovation.

The artwork showcases the synthetic cubist style through the fragmented, geometric depiction of an everyday object – a guitar, set against a background comprising distinct shapes and planes. The canvas is segmented into a tapestry of color blocks, lines, and patterns converging around the central figure of the guitar. The juxtaposition of perspectives and the interplay of light and shadow contribute to the viewer’s sense of three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional plane. The muted yet varied color palette promotes a harmonious balance within the composition, reflecting the cubist fascination with breaking down and reassembling forms. The technique emphasizes the simultaneous perception of multiple viewpoints, which is a hallmark of cubist art and reflects the creative ferment of the early 20th-century avant-garde.

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