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Juan Gris (1887 - 1927)

Lot 548: Juan Gris (1887-1927)

Christie's

February 10, 2005
London, United Kingdom

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Description

Le raisin
signed and dated 'Juan Gris 25' (lower left)
oil on canvas
13 1/8 x 16 1/8 in. (33.3 x 41 cm.)
Painted in 1925

Artist or Maker

Juan Gris (1887-1927)

Exhibited

Zurich, Kunsthaus.

Literature

D. Cooper, Letters, no. CCX, 10 January 1926.
D. Cooper, Juan Gris, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, Paris, 1977, no. 542 (illustrated p. 365).
J.A. Gaya Nuño, Juan Gris, Barcelona, 1986, no. 531 (illustrated p. 228).

Provenance

Galerie Simon, Paris.
Dr G.F. Reber, Lausanne, by whom purchased from the above in 1925.
Galerie D. Benador, Geneva.
Acquired from the above by Dr Georg and Josi Guggenheim in October 1945.

Notes

It was following a lecture given in Zurich in the early-1940s by Daniel Henry Kahnweiler, the dealer par excellence of the Cubist generation, that Georg and Josi Guggenheim fell under the spell of Gris' art. The present work, painted in 1925, during a period in the last few years of Gris' life which Kahnweiler considered the most fruitful and beautiful of the artist's career, Le raisin is a carefully constructed still-life replete with formal fluency underpinned by a sturdy geometry.

In assessing Gris' painting in the last few years of his life Kahnweiler wrote: 'From the purely technical point of view it was certainly the most rigorous period of his life. Stately and firm, his paintings had become the "flat coloured architecture" of which he talked. Everything was restored to the flat surface... Gris revealed himself at this time as a classical painter: lucidity, purity, the preponderance of the work of art itself, the predominance of the general, the static quality, all the symptoms are there. He is classical too in the way he subordinates his emotion to the work in which it is expressed' (in Juan Gris, His Life and Work, London, 1969, pp. 129-130).

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