Juan Gris

Violin and Fruit-Dish


Not on display
Juan Gris 1887–1927
Original title
Violon et compotier
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 387 x 600 mm
frame: 615 x 825 x 115 mm
Purchased 1950

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A violin and a number of ordinary objects stand on a table set before a shuttered window. The combination of domestic objects, such as the fruit-bowl, knife and glass carafe, with musical instruments was common in earlier Cubist compositions by Gris, Picasso and Braque. In this work Gris presents the objects from a variety of viewpoints, while avoiding the fragmentation that characterises earlier Cubist paintings.

Gallery label, July 2007

Catalogue entry

Juan Gris 1887-1927

N05935 Violon et Compotier (Violin and Fruit-Dish) 1924

Inscribed 'Juan Gris 24' b.l.
Oil on canvas, 15 1/4 x 23 5/8 (38.5 x 60)
Purchased from the Mayor Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1950
Prov: With Galerie Simon, Paris (purchased from the artist); with Galerie Kahnweiler, Frankfurt, and Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin, 1925; with Mayor Gallery, London; Dr Schlossmann, Cambridge, 1936; Gustav Kahnweiler, Cambridge; with Knoedler, London, 1943; Eardley Knollys, London, 1944; Miss Erica Brausen, London; Eric Estorick, London; with Mayor Gallery, London
Exh: Juan Gris, Kunsthaus, Zurich, April 1933 (122); Works by Juan Gris, Mayor Gallery, London, November 1936 (12); Exhibition on the Theme of Musical Instruments, London Gallery, London, 1937 (15); The Cubist Spirit in its Time, London Gallery, London, March-May 1947 (51)
Lit: Douglas Cooper (ed.), Letters of Juan Gris (1913-1927) (London 1956), pp.168-9; Douglas Cooper, Juan Gris (Paris 1977), No.469, Vol.2, p.294, repr. p.295
Repr: Little Review, Autumn 1924-Winter 1925, between pp.16 and 17; Studio, CXLVII, 1954, p.8 and on cover

Douglas Cooper dates this February-August 1924. It depicts various still-life objects (a violin, a fruit-dish with grapes, an open book, a cloth, a carafe, a quince and a knife) on a table by a window, with part of a shutter on the right.

Published in:
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, p.340, reproduced p.340

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