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Since his beginnings, Juan Gris's still lifes have constantly fostered the artist's determination to go further in the analysis and synthesis of Cubism. This field of predilection inspires and guides him, all the more so as Gertrude Stein quotes him as "her religion". Generally composed of everyday objects, fruit, food, newspapers or string instruments, still lifes defined his work painted and drawn after 1910.

Dominated by lighter and darker shades of grey and brown, this oil on panel entitled "the bowl" is composed of various intertwined geometric shapes. The result is a symbiosis, a "all melted, all done" in the words of the painter (remarks made in 1927 by Juan Gris to Maurice Raynal, for the publication of his anthology of paintings in France from 1906 to the present day, Paris 1927).

Juan Gris was a Spanish painter associated with the Cubist movement who worked in France from 1906 until his death. His works belong to famous institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museo de la Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Georges Pompidou Museum in Paris, among others.



Date:  1924
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on panel
Signature: 

Signed lower left: Juan Gris

Dimensions: 9.9 x 15.2 cm (3⁷/₈ x 6 inches)
Provenance: Galerie Simon, Paris
Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
Galleria del Milione, Milan
Dr Riccardo Jucker collection, Milan
Anonymous sale: Sotheby's, New York, May 12th 1994, n°207
Private collection (acquired from the above)
Private collection, Switzerland

Literature: J.A. Gaya Nuño, Juan Gris, Barcelona, 1974, illustrATED p.225 and listed p.245 under the n°482.
D.Cooper and M.Potter, Juan Gris, Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre Peint,
Vol.II, Paris, 1977, illustrated p.309 and listed p.308 under the
n°487.

Exhibitions: Braque, Gris, La Fresnaye, Léger, Lipschitz, Marcoussis, Picasso, Marie Harriman Gallery, New York, March-April 1935, n°12.