The Pot of Geraniums (1915) by Juan Gris

The Pot of Geraniums - Juan Gris - 1915

Artwork Information

TitleThe Pot of Geraniums
ArtistJuan Gris
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions81.3 x 60.5 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Pot of Geraniums

“The Pot of Geraniums” is a notable artwork by Juan Gris, completed in 1915. This oil on canvas painting is a quintessential example of Synthetic Cubism, an art movement to which Gris contributed significantly. The artwork measures 81.3 by 60.5 cm and falls within the still life genre. It is currently held in a private collection, not readily accessible to the public.

The artwork presents a fragmented composition characteristic of Synthetic Cubism, where objects are broken down into geometric shapes and then reassembled on the canvas. This approach to painting was intended to capture the subject from multiple viewpoints simultaneously—distorting and flattening the depicted space. In “The Pot of Geraniums,” Gris plays with the conventional perception of space and form. A pot of geraniums occupies the central part of the canvas, its foliage rendered in shades of green with black delineations, reminiscent of their natural form but abstracted into stylized, angular shapes.

Surrounding the central botanical motif, various elements indicative of a domestic setting can be discerned. There is a palpable interplay of patterns, lines, and colors, from the polka-dotted and patterned fabrics to the wooden textures and the printed text on what appears to be a newspaper titled “LE FIGARO.” The fragmented newspaper, a common element in many Cubist works, serves both as a textual and visual anchor, connecting the composition while simultaneously contributing to the sense of disorientation in the spatial construct.

Gris’s methodical use of color and meticulous composition yields a layered, almost architectural harmony, achieving a complex depth that defies the two-dimensionality of the canvas. The subtle shift between warm and cool hues, alongside varying textures, creates a rhythmic balance within the still life, encapsulating the essence of the Cubist movement through the sophisticated manipulation of form and space.

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