The Guitar (1918) by Juan Gris

The Guitar - Juan Gris - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleThe Guitar
ArtistJuan Gris
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions81 x 59.5 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About The Guitar

Juan Gris’s painting The Guitar is an oil on canvas created in 1918. This artwork life is representative of the guitar, with its strong presence and bold design choices. It is associated with symbol musical motifs that extend from the canvass and into a space that envelops us. As viewers, we’re immediately drawn to the bright colors and textures of this work, where the music paper, the guitar, the tablecloth, the yellow dots of the curtains and the carpet are all on equal footing. It gives us insight into the artist’s vision and allows us to relate to it more easily. Despite being painted over a century ago in 1914, The Guitar by Juan Gris still resonates in today’s culture as a representation of music and its value in modern society. With its attention to detail, deft use of color and creative juxtapositions of objects, this painting holds its own amongst other artwork from this era. This masterpiece is one that should not be overlooked in terms of significance or representation within an artistic context.

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