The Table (1914) by Juan Gris

The Table - Juan Gris - 1914

Artwork Information

TitleThe Table
ArtistJuan Gris
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism

About The Table

“The Table,” a striking work by Spanish painter Juan Gris, dates back to 1914 and belongs to the Synthetic Cubism movement, a period noted for its emphasis on construction and composition in visual art. This still life painting exemplifies the innovative artistic approaches of its time, whereby traditional representation was deconstructed in favor of abstracted, geometric forms.

The artwork showcases a complex arrangement of objects, which are depicted using a fragmented perspective characteristic of cubism. A variety of geometric shapes intersect and overlap, creating a sense of spatial depth while simultaneously flattening the composition. This juxtaposition of the analytical and the synthetic combines to represent elements that might be discernible as items on a table, such as a glass, a bottle, and fragments of newspaper. The use of contrasting colors and tones, along with the careful placement of text and texture, integrate to produce a composition that, whilst abstract, suggests a moment captured in the facets of everyday life. Mastery lies in the artist’s ability to balance real-world reference points with a bold departure from conventional form, inviting scrutiny and interpretation.

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