191

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DENYS SUTTON

Juan Gris
LE RAISIN NOIR
Estimate
120,000180,000
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191

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DENYS SUTTON

Juan Gris
LE RAISIN NOIR
Estimate
120,000180,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Juan Gris
1887 - 1927
LE RAISIN NOIR
Signed Juan Gris and dated 1923 (lower left)
Oil on canvas
8 7/8 by 13 7/8 in.
22.5 by 35.3 cm
Painted in early 1923.
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Provenance

Galerie Simon, Paris
Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
Hanover Gallery, London
Denys Sutton, London
Thence by descent

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Simon, Juan Gris, 1923, no. 54
London, Hanover Gallery, Oeuvres choisies, 1950, no. 17
Swansea, England, Glenn Vivian Art Gallery, Some Modern French Paintings and Drawings, 1956, no. 29 
London, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., Juan Gris, Exhibition in Honour of Daniel-H. Kahnweiler, 1958, no. 19

Literature

Little Review, New York, Autumn/Winter 1924-25, illustrated n.p.
Douglas Cooper, Juan Gris, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, vol. II, Paris, 1977, no. 421, illustrated p. 249

 

Catalogue Note

Le Raisin noir is an excellent example of Juan Gris’ shifting approaches to Cubism in the years following the First World War. Beginning around 1911, Gris established himself in Parisian avant-garde circles alongside Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque thanks in no small part to his analytical Cubist still-lifes. By 1918 however, Gris had abandoned the nuanced modulation and hatched strokes of his earlier works in favor of flattened planes of color and reductive tonal gradations. His emphasis on geometry and synthesis is abundantly present in Le Raisin noir, in which he achieves a dynamic equilibrium between representation and abstraction through the harmonic simplicity of the work's composition. Gris’ dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler described the 1920s as the most fruitful period of the artist's career, a sentiment echoed by Douglas Cooper who concluded, “It is only in 1920 that Gris at last seems in full possession of his resources” (quoted in J. T. Soby, Juan Gris (exhibition catalogue), Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1958, p. 96).

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