Still Life (The Tobacco Pouch)

Juan Gris Spanish

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Although these still-life objects are the same ones that appear in his prewar collages, here Gris worked in a classicizing style more in tune with wartime sobriety, creating a “new aesthetic based on the intellect,” as he wrote to his dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. Despite the seeming fidelity to nature in this still life, the strong diagonals and crystalline distillation of form betray Gris’s Cubist underpinnings. This illusionistic drawing is a study for a painting of an identical subject in a Cubist style (1918; private collection).

Still Life (The Tobacco Pouch), Juan Gris (Spanish, Madrid 1887–1927 Boulogne-sur-Seine), Graphite on off-white laid paper

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