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

About The Guitar

“The Guitar” is a notable artwork created by the artist Juan Gris in 1913. It is an oil on canvas painting that measures 81 by 59.5 cm. This piece exemplifies the Synthetic Cubism art movement and portrays a still life. Currently, the artwork resides in a private collection.

The artwork presents a fragmented and abstracted representation of a guitar, a hallmark of the Synthetic Cubism movement which Gris was a part of. The composition is characterized by a variety of geometric shapes and planes that intersect and overlap, creating a sense of depth and form while challenging traditional perspectives. The colors appear muted yet distinct, with juxtapositions of blues, greens, and browns contributing to the modulation of space. Textural elements are also noticeable, providing an added layer of richness to the canvas. There is an emphasis on the synthesis of form and the interplay between realism and abstraction, as the guitar and other elements are reduced to their essential geometric shapes yet remain recognizable.

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