The Table in Front of the Picture (1926) by Juan Gris

The Table in Front of the Picture - Juan Gris - 1926

Artwork Information

TitleThe Table in Front of the Picture
ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions73 x 92 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Table in Front of the Picture

“The Table in Front of the Picture,” created by Juan Gris in 1926, is an oil on canvas artwork belonging to the Cubism art movement. Measuring 73 by 92 centimeters, this still life is part of a private collection. The artwork represents an assemblage of objects placed on a table, juxtaposed against a picture within the painting, showcasing Gris’s distinctive Cubist style.

Within the artwork, one can observe the interplay of shapes and colors that are characteristic of Cubist still life compositions. The article elements included are a lemon, a knife, and a book—all resting on a draped cloth, revealing the contours and folds of the fabric. Additionally, there is a framed picture positioned behind it, angled to add depth and complexity to the scene. This picture within the picture device is a typical Cubist method to explore different points of view and the fragmentation of reality. The palette consists of muted as well as vibrant tones, with the red background complementing the subtle shades of yellow, green, and gray, further enriching the visual experience. The overall effect is one of structured yet dynamic harmony, inviting viewers to consider the interplay of space, form, and perspective.

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