About this artwork
Juan Gris traveled to Paris in 1906 and soon moved to the neighborhood of Montmartre, where he met Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Eventually, Gris joined their artistic circle and participated in the development of Cubism. In Abstraction (Guitar and Glass), he incorporated objects often used in Cubist still-life painting—musical instruments, newspaper, a glass, and a tabletop. Rather than shatter their forms, however, Gris took a more synthetic approach to the composition. The overlapping planes, flattened appearance, and rhythmic patterns of the painting reinforce the two-dimensional nature of the picture’s surface, while the trompe l’oeil effects, deeply saturated colors, strong light-dark contrasts, and precise definition of forms give the still life an extraordinary physical reality.
- Juan Gris
- Abstraction (Guitar and Glass)
- Oil on canvas
- Signed and dated on verso, u.l.: "Juan Gris 7-13"
- 36 × 23 1/2 in. (91.4 × 59.7 cm)
- Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Fund