Houses in Paris, Place Ravignan

Juan Gris Spanish

Not on view

The place Ravignan was the site of the Bateau-Lavoir, a run-down complex of artists’ studios, including that of Picasso and Gris, on the hill of Montmartre. While the painting clearly follows the grid visible in the drawing at right, Gris added a slight curve to almost every line, imbuing the painting with a sense of buoyancy. The lower left corner bears a dedication to the artist Francis Picabia (1879–1953), a fellow exhibitor and sponsor of the October 1912 “Section d’Or” exhibition, where this painting was first shown in public.

Houses in Paris, Place Ravignan, Juan Gris (Spanish, Madrid 1887–1927 Boulogne-sur-Seine), Oil on canvas

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