Juan GrisOverlooking the Bay 1921

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Artwork details

Artist
Juan Gris (1887‑1927)
Title
Overlooking the Bay
Devant la baie
Date 1921
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 635 x 965 mm frame: 838 x 1182 x 83 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler 1974, accessioned 1994
Reference
T06810
Not on display

Summary

Overlooking the Bay shows many items typically found in a cubist still life – bowl of fruit, glass, bottle and newspaper– set against the blue sea and distant hills of a seascape. Breaking away from the shallow space associated with pre-war cubism, Gris was attempting here to allow foreground and distant background elements to co-exist on a shallow plane without use of a naturalistic perspective or chiaroscuro. It is a painting of controlled internal tension. No obvious logic underpins the relationship of the curtain, which hangs parallel to the picture plane, and the jutting angle of the window frame on the right… (read more)

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