Head of a Woman (Portrait of the Artist's Mother)

Juan Gris Spanish

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While distorted facial features are legible on the top half of this gridded composition, the bottom half is more difficult to read, making it a challenge to identify the woman with pearl earrings. It was Gris’s friend and dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler who first referred to this painting as a portrait of the artist’s mother, “painted from memory, for after leaving Madrid he never saw her again.”

Head of a Woman (Portrait of the Artist's Mother), Juan Gris (Spanish, Madrid 1887–1927 Boulogne-sur-Seine), Oil on canvas

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