The Three Masks (1923) by Juan Gris

The Three Masks - Juan Gris - 1923

Artwork Information

TitleThe Three Masks
ArtistJuan Gris
Dimensions65 x 100 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Three Masks

“The Three Masks” is an artwork by Juan Gris completed in the year 1923. It is created in oil on canvas and measures 65 by 100 centimeters. As a part of the Cubism art movement, this piece is categorized within the genre of portraiture and resides in a private collection.

The artwork presents a trio of figures, each bearing a mask-like visage, a common thematic element within Cubist portraiture. These figures are rendered with geometric abstraction, indicative of the Cubist style, which fractures objects and figures into shapes and planes. The color palette is primarily composed of muted blues, yellows, and grays, contributing to a harmonious yet dynamic composition.

The central figure holds a cup, engaging the viewer with direct but ambiguous gaze. The two flanking figures, also bearing stylized faces, complete the triadic composition. The background and space around the figures are treated with the same fragmented approach, resulting in a flat yet intricate overlap of shapes and forms that is characteristic of Cubism. The relationship between figures and their environment is synthesized through angular and curvilinear forms, creating a sense of interconnectedness that challenges the conventional perception of space and representation.

Overall, “The Three Masks” exemplifies the innovations of Cubism in its deconstruction and reassembly of reality through abstracted forms and a complex interplay of light and shadow, shunning traditional perspectives and modes of representation.

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