This daring and rich depiction of that most iconic of Cubist subjects, a wine bottle and a glass, is particularly innovative in its embrace of pure and austere geometry. Completely abandoning his earlier modulations of shapes, Gris introduces wide, interlocking planes of uniformly saturated colour. While these are linked to the subjects they stand for – red to wine, green to the bottle, toned white to the glass, and brown to the table – they are freely interchanged and experimented with. No longer merely representing the objects they relate to in real life, the forms open a world of ambiguity. The fact that the entire composition is painted on a wooden board, evocative of the surface table depicted in the work, pushes the visual logic of this work to yet another level. Gris thus transforms a humble everyday encounter into an intriguing riddle.
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