Executed in 1911.
Charcoal on paper
To be included in the catalogue raisonné of the works on paper being prepared by Mr. Quentin Laurens.
The artist's studio
Collection Georges Gonzalez Gris, Paris
Paris, Galerie Louise Leiris, Juan Gris, Dessins et Gouaches 1910-1927, 1965, no. 7
Paris, Galerie Louise Leiris, Juan Gris, 100 Oeuvres sur Papier 1909-1926, 2001-02, no. 24
LITERATURE AND REFERENCES
Juan Antonio Gaya Nuno, Juan Gris, Barcelona, 1974, no. 230, illustrated p. 208
Executed in 1911, the present drawing is one Gris's first analytic Cubist compositions. This work is one of several still-lifes from 1911 that depict bottles, glasses, pitchers and jugs with particular attention to the geometric components of each object. The draftsmanship in these drawings is precise, yet Gris takes the liberty of emphasizing and exaggerating the jagged shapes and contours of the otherwise smooth forms. By the end of the year Gris's drawings appeared more abstract, with objects entirely fragmented in a highly Cubist style. Here, though, Gris retains the realistic detail of the objects in his composition, hinting at the stylistic preoccupations that would overwhelm his work in the months to come.