Juan Gris
Coffee Mill 1924

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Juan Gris 1887–1927
Coffee Mill
Moulin à café
Date 1924
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 268 x 347 mm
frame: 497 x 578 x 25 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Elly Kahnweiler 1991 to form part of the gift of Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler, accessioned 1994
Not on display

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This drawing shows the extraordinary delicacy that Gris could bring to the transformation of the familiar in his late works. Line and soft shading are held effortlessly in balance, conveying form though managing to keep it open. The foot of the bowl and the spoon’s handle share their outline, just as the shoulder of the jug and the side of the coffee mill conjoin. This lends a surprising dynamism and softness to the everyday objects of domestic life.

March 2008

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