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Juan Gris
COMPOTIER ET LIVRE
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170
Juan Gris
COMPOTIER ET LIVRE
Estimate
300,000400,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Juan Gris
1887 - 1927
COMPOTIER ET LIVRE
Signed Juan Gris and dated 25 (lower right)
Oil on canvas
13 by 16 1/8 in.
33 by 41 cm
Painted in early 1925.
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Provenance

Galerie Simon, Paris
Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin
Dr. Raemisch, Krefeld
Curt Valentin (Buchholz Gallery), New York
Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., New York (and sold: Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, March 22, 1945, lot 76)
Dr. Albert Blum, Zurich
Margaret & Sydney Lowy, New York (and sold by the estate: Sotheby’s, New York, May 10, 1989, lot 373)
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

New York, Jacques Seligmann & Co., Juan Gris, 1938, no. 24, illustrated in the catalogue
Chicago, Arts Club of Chicago, Retrospective Juan Gris, 1939, no. 33
Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts & Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., 1941, no. 64
Sète, Musée Paul Valery, Juan Gris, rimes de la forme et de la couleur, 2011

Literature

Douglas Cooper, Juan Gris, Catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint, vol. II, Paris, 1977, no. 513, illustrated p. 338
Douglas Cooper, Juan Gris, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, vol. II, San Francisco, 2014, no. 513, illustrated in color p. 773

Catalogue Note

Between 1911 and his untimely death in 1927 at the age of forty, Gris produced a rich and varied body of work, distinguished “by a refinement of calculation and a highly original color sense which have won him his separate place in Cubism's front rank...remain[ing] throughout his life a solitary seeker whose calm, detached sobriety of mind was reflected as an art of ascetic purity” (Juan Gris (exhibition catalogue), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1958, p. 87).

A wonderful example of Gris’ mature works, Compotier et livre is the epitome of his masterful Cubist aesthetic. Daniel Kahnweiler called works from the period “the crowning achievement of his oeuvre” (L’Atelier de Juan Gris (exhibition catalogue), Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, 1957, n.p.). Illustrative of what Gris described as his “deductive method” in which he would begin with abstract shapes, he materializes these forms into objects, firmly locking them into place by using a series of overlapping planes.

This harmonious composition contains the vital elements of Gris’ Cubism: the balance of the book, knife, pipe and fruit creates what the art historian Robert Rosenthal described as a “hermetic relationship of pictorial elements, one balanced by the next and then another until the subtlty of resonance reaches an exquisite pitch” (Norman Rosenthal, Juan Gris, New York, 1983, p. 5).

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