Exhibitions/ Art Object

Houses in Paris, Place Ravignan

Artist:
Juan Gris (Spanish, Madrid 1887–1927 Boulogne-sur-Seine)
Date:
Paris, 1911
Medium:
Black chalk and gouache on white laid paper
Dimensions:
16 7/8 x 12 3/8 in. (42.9 x 31.4 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection, Gift of Leonard A. Lauder, 2016
Accession Number:
2016.237.26
Not on view
This study for an oil painting of the same title (Houses in Paris, Place Ravignan (1911 or 1912, The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection) shows how precisely Gris mapped out his composition, from the prominent diagonal axis to the areas of white highlight. The setting is the place Ravignan in Paris, the site of Gris’s studio. Fernande Olivier recalled that the "little square is shaded by four trees and surrounded by four buildings with four streets leading into it. It’s like the heart of a primitive cross. . . . There are two nice old painted wood benches, though the paint is peeling off them, and in summer it’s pleasant to sit here and collect your thoughts. . . . In winter . . . it’s as slippery as an ice rink and the square is deserted."
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Juan Gris

Marking: watermark: CF and caduceus in crest
Georges Seligmann, New York (by 1955); Dr. Murray S. Danforth, Providence, Rhode Island; his daughter, Helen D. Buchanan (until 1986; sold in 1986 to Reid & Lefevre); [Alex Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., London, 1986; sold in November 1986 to Lauder]; Leonard A. Lauder, New York (1986–2013; transferred on April 8, 2013 to the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust); The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust, New York (2013–16; gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015, no. 18.

Douglas Cooper with Margaret Potter. Juan Gris: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint. Paris, 1977, vol. 1, p. 16, no. 9a, ill. p. 17, as "Maisons de la rue Ravignan".

"Objects Promised to the Museum during the Year 2012–2013." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, One Hundred Forty-third Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013 (2013), p. 46.

Douglas Cooper, with Margaret Potter, updated by Alan Hyman, and Elizabeth Snowden. Juan Gris: Catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint/ Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings. 2nd ed. (1st ed., 1977). San Francisco, 2014, vol. 1, p. 19, no. 9a, ill., as "Maisons de la rue Ravignan/Houses in the rue Ravignan".

Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, pp. 229, 231, fig. 100 (verso, drawing).

Harry Cooper in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, pp. 69, 72, no. 18, ill. p. 70 (color).

Kenneth E. Silver in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, p. 196.

Anna Jozefacka and Luise Mahler in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, p. 256.



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