Juan Gris. Pears and grapes on a table (or Still life with pears), (1913).

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Tremaine Collection / Miller Co. art & design
15 March 2019 | Updated 9 October 2019

Juan Gris
Pears and grapes on a table (also referred to as Still life with pears), (1913)
Oil on canvas
22 1/2 x 29 in. (57.1 x 73.7 cm)
Acquired 1947 from Valentine (Dudensing) Gallery.
(A001168; L01223-29)

The following is an excerpt from: Christie’s New York. (1991). Important Modern paintings from the Tremaine Collection, (5 November 1991). (Introduction by Tracy Atkinson, Curator of the Tremaine Collection; Director Emeritus, Wadsworth Atheneum), (p. 20).

"This Cubist masterpiece dates from the autumn of 1913, when Gris was painting in the town Céret, near the Spanish border with his compatriot Pablo Picasso. It was a crucial period in the development of Gris’s career, which in turn, had a powerful effect on the subsequent evolution of Cubism. Lengthy discussions with Picasso led Gris to consciously work against the prevailing improvisational qualities that were key to the work Braque and Picasso had thus far produced. Though Gris retained much of Cubism’s essential syntax, the unique strain he devised emanated with a far greater sense of clarity through a more pronounced structure and equilibrium; the ambiguous, shifting uncertainties of Cubism were transformed by Gris into a regular, rhythmic system of shading over gleaming, icy surfaces and sharp, tightly organized, crystalline facets, qualities which are nowhere more evident than in the pictures painted at Céret."

Juan Gris’s Pears and grapes on a table, (1913) is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, New York (Click the link to see a photo of the artwork.).

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