Exhibitions/ Art Object

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

Artist:
Juan Gris (Spanish, Madrid 1887–1927 Boulogne-sur-Seine)
Date:
Paris, 1912
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
21 3/16 × 18 1/4 in. (53.8 × 46.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection
Not on view
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.”
Inscription: Signed (upper left): Juan Gris
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris, possibly 1912–14; photo no. 5003; sequestered Kahnweiler stock, December 12, 1914–22; third Kahnweiler sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, July 4, 1922, no. 100, as "Tête de Femme," sold for Fr 65, to Lipchitz]; Jacques Lipchitz (from 1922); [Galerie Simon (Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler), Paris; inv. no. 10469]; Waldemar George, Paris (in 1923); [Galerie Simon (Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler), Paris]; [Justin K. Thannhauser, Paris, ca. 1937–38; provenance register no. 10728, photo no. 342, valued at DM 950]; [Galerie de Beaune, Paris, 1938; sold in June 1938 to Cooper]; Douglas Cooper, London (1938–d. 1984; estate no. DC 34/33; his bequest to McCarty-Cooper); his partner and adopted son, William McCarty-Cooper, London (1984–86; sold in November 1986 to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (from 1986)

Prague. Obecní Dům Města. "Third exhibition of the Skupina Výtvarných Umělců," May–June 1913, no. 26 (as "Hlava ženy").

Paris. Galerie Simon. "Juan Gris," March 20–April 5, 1923, no. 1 bis (as "Tête de Femme").

Berlin. Galerie Alfred Flechtheim. "In Memoriam Juan Gris, 1887–1927," February 1930, no. 3.

Paris. Galerie Thannhauser. 1937 [possibly this picture].

Venice. Biennale. "XXV Biennale di Venezia," June 8–October 15, 1950, no. 13 (shown in Sala V, “Quattro maestri del Cubismo").

Suffolk. Lowestoft Art Centre. "Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings from the Private Collection of Douglas Cooper, including Original Works by Picasso, Braque, Léger," January 1951.

Kunstmuseum Bern. "Juan Gris," October 29, 1955–January 2, 1956, no. 5.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Cubist Epoch," December 15, 1970–February 21, 1971, no. 109.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Cubist Epoch," April 9–June 7, 1971, no. 109.

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. "Juan Gris," July 20–September 29, 1974, no. 7.

Paris. Galerie Berggruen. "Exposition Juan Gris," November 1977.

London. Tate Gallery. "The Essential Cubism, 1907–1920: Braque, Picasso & their friends," April 27–July 10, 1983, extended to July 31, 1983, no. 59.

New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Juan Gris," May 18–July 15, 1984, no. 7.

Houston. Museum of Fine Arts. "Picasso, Braque, Gris, Léger: Douglas Cooper Collecting Cubism," October 14–December 30, 1990, no. 16.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Picasso, Braque, Gris, Léger: Douglas Cooper Collecting Cubism," January 31–April 21, 1991, no. 16.

London. Whitechapel Art Gallery. "Juan Gris," September 17–November 29, 1992, no. 11.

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. "Juan Gris," December 18, 1992–February 14, 1993, no. 11.

Otterlo. Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller. "Juan Gris," March 6–May 2, 1993, no. 11.

New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Boccioni's Materia: A Futurist Masterpiece and the Avant-garde in Milan and Paris," February 6–May 9, 2004, no. 14.

Madrid. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. "Juan Gris: Paintings and Drawings 1910–1927," June 22–September 19, 2005, no. 12.

Milan. Palazzo Reale. "Boccioni: Pittore, scultore, futurista," October 6, 2006–January 7, 2007, no. 29.

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

III. Výstava. Exh. cat., Obecní Dům Města. Prague, 1913, unpaginated, no. 26.

Maurice Raynal. Juan Gris. Exh. cat., Galerie Simon. Paris, 1923, no. 1 bis.

In Memoriam Juan Gris, 1887–1927. Exh. cat., Galerie Flechtheim. Berlin, 1930, unpaginated, no. 3.

Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. Juan Gris: His Life and Work. New York, 1947, pp. 78, 83, 169, pl. 4.

Douglas Cooper in XXV Biennale di Venezia: Catalogo. Exh. cat., Biennale. Venice, 1950, p. 54, no. 13.

John Richardson. "Au Château des cubistes." L'Oeil no. 4 (April 15, 1955), p. 22, ill. (on display in Douglas Cooper’s Château de Castille, Argilliers).

Douglas Cooper. Juan Gris. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Bern. Bern, 1955, unpaginated, no. 5, ill.

Carola Giedion-Welcker. "Juan Gris. Ausstellung Kunsthalle Bern." Das Werk: Architektur und Kunst 42, no. 12 (1955), p. 253, as "La Mère".

José Camón Aznar. Picasso y el Cubismo. Madrid, 1956, p. 197, 723, fig. 125.

Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. Juan Gris: His Life and Work. New York, 1969, pp. 118–19, 315, ill. p. 243 (Spanish ed., 1971, p. 398, ill. p. 55).

Douglas Cooper. The Cubist Epoch. Exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art. London, 1970, p. 287, no. 109, pl. 221.

Nicholas Wadley. Cubism. London, 1970, p. 140, ill. no. 155.

Douglas Cooper and Hans A. Peters. Juan Gris. Exh. cat., Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. Baden-Baden, 1974, unpaginated, no. 7, ill.

Juan Antonio Gaya-Nuño. Juan Gris. Barcelona, 1974, p. 240, no. 42, ill. p. 25.

Juan Antonio Gaya-Nuño. Juan Gris. Boston, 1975, p. 244, no. 42, ill. p. 24.

Jean Clay. De l'Impressionisme à l'art moderne. Paris, 1975, p. 178, ill. p. 179.

Douglas Cooper with Margaret Potter. Juan Gris: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint. Paris, 1977, vol. 1, p. 28, no. 14, ill. p. 29.

Jean Clay. Modern Art, 1890–1918. New York, 1978, pp. 178, 316, ill. p. 179.

Lesley Blanch. "The Collectors: A Distillation of Taste. Douglas Cooper in Monte Carlo." Architectural Digest (October 1980), ill. p. 100 (on display in the Monte Carlo residence of Douglas Cooper).

Malcolm Gee. Dealers, Critics, and Collectors of Modern Painting: Aspects of the Parisian Art Market Between 1910 and 1930. PhD diss., Courtauld Institute of Art. New York, 1981, appendix F, p. 65, no. 18.

Douglas Cooper and Gary Tinterow. The Essential Cubism: Braque, Picasso & their friends, 1907–1920. Exh. cat., Tate Gallery. London, 1983, p. 140, no. 59, ill. p. 141.

Mark Rosenthal. Juan Gris. Exh. cat., University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley. New York, 1983, pp. 24, 177, no. 7, ill. p. 26.

John McEwen. "Squaring an Old Account." Sunday Times Magazine (April 24, 1983), ill. p. 35.

Nissa Torrents. "El cubismo esencial (1907–1920) en la Tate Gallery de Londres." La Vanguardia (June 5, 1983), ill.

Dario A. Fumolo. "Il Cubismo essenziale." La Vernice (March–April 1983), ill.

Mark Roskill. The Interpretation of Cubism. London, 1985, p. 64.

John Golding. Boccioni: Unique Forms of Continuity in Space. London, 1985, p. 21, fig. 20.

Juan Antonio Gaya-Nuño. Juan Gris. Barcelona, 1985, p. 126, fig. 26.

Dorothy M. Kosinski. Douglas Cooper and the Masters of Cubism. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Basel. Basel, 1987, p. 98 n. 89, ill. p. 24 (on display in Douglas Cooper’s Château de Castille, Argilliers, ca. 1955).

Dorothy M. Kosinski. Picasso, Braque, Gris, Léger: Douglas Cooper Collecting Cubism. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts. Houston, 1990, pp. 40, 57 n. 115, p. 60, no. 16, fig. 36.

David Cottington. "London and Stuttgart: Juan Gris." Burlington Magazine 134 (December 1992), p. 819, fig. 57.

Christopher Green, with Christian Derouet, and Karin von Maur. Juan Gris. Exh. cat., Whitechapel Gallery. London, 1992, p. 117, pl. 11, and ill. on dust jacket.

John Golding. "Living Still Life." New York Review of Books 40 (January 28, 1993), pp. 27–29, ill.

Laura Mattioli Rossi, ed. Boccioni's Materia: A Futurist Masterpiece and the Avant-Garde in Milan and Paris. Exh. cat., Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York, 2004, p. 101, no. 14, ill.

Paloma Esteban Leal in Juan Gris: Paintings and Drawings 1910–1927. Ed. Paloma Esteban Leal. Exh. cat., Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid, 2005, vol. 1, unpaginated, no. 12, ill., vol. 2, p. 21, no. 12, ill.

Laura Mattioli Rossi, ed. Boccioni: pittore, scultore, futurista. Exh. cat., Palazzo Reale. Milan, 2006, p. 184, no. 29, ill. p. 58.

Paz García Ponce de León. Juan Gris: La pasión por el Cubismo. Madrid, 2008, pp. 210–11, ill.

Juan Gris: Rimes de la forme et de la couleur. Exh. cat., Musée Paul Valéry. Sète, 2011, p. 53, ill. p. 52.

"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, as ca. March 1912.

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, pp. 26–27, no. 14, ill.

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. 72–75, 306(2)n.14, (3)nn.19, 20, no. 20, ill. p. 73 (color).

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, pp. 257–58, fig. 20 (on display in Douglas Cooper's Château de Castille, Argilliers, France, ca. 1955).