Three Lamps (1910-11) by Juan Gris

Three Lamps - Juan Gris - 1910 - 1911

Artwork Information

TitleThree Lamps
ArtistJuan Gris
Date1910 - 1911
MediumWatercolor on paper
Dimensions61.8 x 47.8 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationKunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

About Three Lamps

The artwork titled “Three Lamps” is a creation by artist Juan Gris, dating from the period of 1910 to 1911. Executed in watercolor on paper, it reflects the distinctive characteristics of the Cubist art movement. The piece measures 61.8 by 47.8 cm and falls under the genre of still life. This painting is part of the collection housed at the Kunstmuseum Bern in Bern, Switzerland.

“Three Lamps” by Juan Gris exemplifies the early phase of Cubism, where objects are depicted from multiple viewpoints and reconstructed using geometric forms. The artwork presents a trio of lamps that are abstracted yet recognizable, broken down into shapes that suggest dimension and form. Gris uses a restrained palette, employing subtle shifts in color to convey depth and spatial relationships. The varying tones create a sense of light and shadow, imbuing the still life with a tangible solidity amidst the deconstructed forms characteristic of Cubist works. The juxtaposition of these forms against the muted background enables each lamp to stand out, offering the viewer a complex, yet harmonious, visual experience that marries the representational with the abstract.

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