Violin and Guitar (1913) by Juan Gris

Violin and Guitar - Juan Gris - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleViolin and Guitar
ArtistJuan Gris
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions100 x 65.5 cm (39 3/8 x 25 3/4 in.)
Art MovementSynthetic Cubism
Current LocationThe Colin Collection, New York

About Violin and Guitar

The artwork “Violin and Guitar” is a striking example of Synthetic Cubism, painted by artist Juan Gris in 1913. This oil on canvas masterpiece measures 100 by 65.5 centimeters and is primarily a still life. The piece falls under the significant art movement of Cubism, specifically its Synthetic phase, and is part of The Colin Collection located in New York.

In describing the artwork, one is immediately drawn to the fragmented and reassembled forms that are typical of Cubism. The composition features geometric shapes that intersect and overlap, creating an abstract representation of a violin and a guitar. The use of bold colors is evident with pronounced reds, greens, blues, and earth tones that contribute to the sense of depth and the illusion of three-dimensional space on the flat canvas. The elements are carefully balanced in a harmonious arrangement that simultaneously projects both flatness and volume, maintaining the visual tension characteristic of Synthetic Cubism. The careful placement of color and shape guides the viewer’s eye through the composition, demanding attention and interpretation.

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