Violin and Glass (1915) by Juan Gris

Violin and Glass - Juan Gris - 1915

Artwork Information

TitleViolin and Glass
ArtistJuan Gris
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions92 x 60 cm
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationFogg Museum (Harvard Art Museums), Cambridge, MA, US

About Violin and Glass

The artwork “Violin and Glass” is a creation by Juan Gris, dated 1915. This oil on canvas piece measures 92 x 60 cm and is a magnificent example of Synthetic Cubism. It belongs to the still life genre and currently resides in the Fogg Museum, which is part of the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

The artwork depicts a violin and a piece of sheet music in conjunction with what appears to be a glass. Reflecting the Synthetic Cubist style, it presents a deconstructed and reassembled version of reality, where the viewer is invited to interpret elements from different angles and perspectives simultaneously. Juan Gris, a Spanish painter, played with shapes, colors, and textures to create a layered composition that suggests dimensionality on a flat surface.

The palette comprises earthy tones juxtaposed with blacks and whites, creating a sense of depth and volume while maintaining the abstract nature of the work. Angular planes and fragmented objects are hallmarks of the Cubist movement, reimagined here to suggest a violin with its f-holes, strings, and bridge amidst planes of color that form the background and table. Through the interplay of these elements, the artwork conveys both balance and dynamism, characteristic of Gris’s innovative and meticulous approach to the Cubist style.

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