Juan Gris
Pierrot with Book 1924

Artwork details

Artist
Juan Gris 1887–1927
Title
Pierrot with Book
Le Pierrot au livre
Date 1924
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 655 x 508 mm
frame: 836 x 691 x 70 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Elly Kahnweiler 1991 to form part of the gift of Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler, accessioned 1994
Reference
T06814
Not on display

Display caption

Although this painting is resolutely figurative, it is strongly influenced by Cubism. Pierrot’s upper body is neatly framed within the architectural framework of the window behind him and the depiction of his face combines a frontal and sideways perspective. The greatly exaggerated hands contrast with the impression of daintiness given by Pierrot’s cupid-bow mouth and the soft pastel hues employed by Gris.

September 2004