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Juan Gris (1887 - 1927)

Lot 8: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF EUGENE ISTOMIN JUAN GRIS 1887-1927 NATURE MORTE AU JOURNAL

Sotheby's

May 3, 2005
New York, NY, US

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Description

Executed in 1916.

Pencil on paper

PROVENANCE

Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
Saidenberg Gallery, New York
Marlborough Gallery, London
Acquired from the above in the 1970s
CATALOGUE NOTE

1916 was the year that marked Gris's "architectural" period, when the objects of his paintings and drawings became more solid and recognizable than those from his past Cubist compositions. As one of the premiere artists of the avant-garde, Gris was not alone in this change of style. Other artists of his day, such as Picasso and Braque, were increasingly freeing their compositions from Cubist asbtraction, as it was deemed too frivolous a preference in war-time France. Artists working in Paris were encouraged to embrace their Latinate roots and focus on more realistic, "classical" imagery in their compositions. Gris responded to this "call to order," rendering his still-lifes with clearer, more distinguishable images. This drawing, created as this new emphasis on sobriety and clarity was just taking hold among the avant-garde, demonstrates the beauty and precision that became the aesthetic standard for the next several years.

Dimensions

17 1/4 by 12 1/4 in.

44 by 31 cm

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