Juan Gris

Seated Harlequin

1920

Original title
L'Arlequin assis
Medium
Graphite and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 342 x 270 mm
image: 271 x 212 mm
frame: 518 x 431 x 20 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler 1974, accessioned 1994
Reference
T06809

Display caption

The linear variety of this drawing reveals how Gris could anchor recognisable subjects within a carefully conceived geometry. The character of Harlequin, from the Commedia dell’Arte, emerges out of a sequence of rhyming elements, emphasised by heavier lines. This is a preparatory drawing for a painting of the same title and Harlequin’s identity is indicated by the convention of his curving hat, rather than by his more familiar multi-coloured checked costume.

Gallery label, March 2008

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