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The Life and Times of Juan Gris’s "Violin and Playing Cards on a Table" (1913)

Violin and Playing Cards on a Table

Rebecca Rabinow, Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art, Curator in Charge of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, MMA

Each lecture in this ongoing series delves into the unique and fascinating life of one particular masterpiece within the Metropolitan Museum’s collection. Journey through time and place to explore the unique personalities who created, contributed to, and cherished these extraordinary works of art. The series begins with a look at Juan Gris’s Violin and Playing Cards on a Table (1913), a colorful Cubist still life painted in the foothills of the Pyrénées Mountains on the eve of World War I. The focus of the second lecture is Henri Matisse’s Three O’Clock Sitting (1924), which he created on the sunny Riviera while teaching one of his favorite models how to paint.

Today's topic:
Juan Gris’s Violin and Playing Cards on a Table (1913)

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Above: Juan Gris  (Spanish, 1887–1927 ). Violin and Playing Cards on a Table, 1913. Oil on canvas; H. 39-3/8, W. 25-3/4 inches (100 x 65.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, 1995 (1996.403.14)

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