Juan Gris The Sunblind 1914

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Juan Gris 1887–1927
The Sunblind
La Jalousie
Date 1914
Medium Gouache, paper, chalk and charcoal on canvas
Dimensions Support: 921 x 727 mm
frame: 1001 x 812 x 79 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1946
Not on display

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Light slips through a venetian blind, casting a shadow from the wine glass onto the small table. The illusionistic appearance of the painted blind contrasts with the real newspaper, which Gris incorporated into the work. Le Socialiste des Pyrénées-Orientales was local to Collioure, a fishing town where he stayed in the summer of 1914. Gris may have included it to express his political allegiances. As this painting indicates, he was generally more concerned than Braque or Picasso with preserving the appearance of reality in his cubist works.

May 2012

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