Juan Gris 1887-1927
N05747 La Jalousie (The Sunblind) 1914
Inscribed 'Juan Gris | 1914' b.l.
Papier collé on canvas, some heightening in chalk and charcoal, 36 ¼ x 28 5/8 (92 x 72.5)
Purchased from the Zwemmer Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1946
Prov: Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Bern; with Galerie Simon, Paris; Mlle Pertuisot, Paris (later Mrs Gerard Lee Bevan, London), 1926; Christie's sale, London, 23 April 1937, lot 24; bt. Zwemmer Gallery, London, 23 gns.; Miss Valerie Cooper, London; with Zwemmer Gallery, London
Exh: Juan Gris, Galerie Simon, Paris, March-April 1923 (7) as 'La Jalousie'; Collages, Papiers-Collés and Photo-Montages, Guggenheim Jeune, London, November 1938 (39) as 'Le Socialiste', lent by Miss Valerie Cooper
Lit: Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Juan Gris: his Life and Work (London 1947), p.16; Douglas Cooper (ed.), Letters of Juan Gris (1913-27) (London 1956), pp.18, 69-71; Douglas Cooper, Juan Gris (Paris 1977), No.119, Vol.1, p.182, repr. p.183
Repr: Documents, II, No.4, 1930, p.248; Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Juan Gris: his Life and Work (London 1969), p.65 in colour
A small table in front of a window with a venetian blind. On the table is a wine glass, with its cast shadow, and a folded newspaper.
This still life was executed at Collioure, a fishing town in the Pyrénées-Orientales, where Gris was staying from the end of June until late October 1914 and where he worked mainly in papier collé and gouache. In the present composition, which Douglas Cooper dates September-October 1914, he incorporated part of a local newspaper Le Socialiste des Pyrénées-Orientales
(issue of 13 March 1914). Owing to the outbreak of war he was unable to deliver this picture to his dealer, D.-H. Kahnweiler, who was a German subject, so he kept it and eleven others by him until he contacted Kahnweiler again in 1919.
It has also been known, on account of the newspaper, as 'Le Socialiste'.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.339-40, reproduced p.339