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Book and Glass

Artist:
Juan Gris (Spanish, Madrid 1887–1927 Boulogne-sur-Seine)
Date:
Paris, spring 1914
Medium:
Conté crayon, charcoal, wax crayon, watercolor, gouache, oil, cut-and-pasted printed and selectively varnished wallpaper, blue and white laid papers, transparentized paper, and printed white wove papers; adhered overall onto a sheet of torn newspaper, adhered to primed canvas; subsequently mounted to a honeycomb panel
Dimensions:
25 11/16 x 19 13/16 in. (65.2 x 50.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection
Not on view
Gris has depicted a bottle, a glass, a pack of tobacco, and an open book, whose collaged pages were taken from the fourth Fantômas installment, L’agent secret (published in English as A Nest of Spies), a story of stolen military documents and assassination. Close inspection reveals shadowy doubles of each form camouflaged within the blue-checkered design. But look again: this picture also portrays a headless man. The stemmed drinking glass at top center suddenly appears as a neck and shirt collar; the top diagonal edges of the table are shoulders; the long triangle of shaded brown paper at center is a necktie; and the tobacco packet at upper right is a folded pocket square.
Inscription: Signed (verso): Juan Gris [now concealed by mounting]
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris, 1914; inv. no. 2086, photo no. 5065; sold in July 1914 to Stein]; Gertrude Stein, Paris (1914–d. 1946; her estate, Paris, from 1946–68; sold on December 14, 1968 to the Museum of Modern Art syndicate); The Museum of Modern Art syndicate, New York (1968–72; sold in 1972, through E. V. Thaw & Co., Inc., New York, to Tarica); Sami Tarica, Paris (from 1972); Basil P. and Elisa B. Goulandris, Lausanne; Sami Tarica, Paris (1979); [Harold Diamond, New York]; Ted Ashley, New York; sale, Christie’s, New York, November 19, 1986, no. 37, as "Book and Glasses," sold to private collection; private collection, New York (1986–2013; sold in February 2013 to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (from 2013)

New York. Museum of Modern Art. "Four Americans in Paris: The Collections of Gertrude Stein and Her Family," December 19, 1970–March 1, 1971, unnumbered cat. (p. 157; as "Book and Glasses" unpaginated listing as "Livres et verres").

Ottawa. National Gallery of Canada. "Gertrude Stein and Picasso and Juan Gris," June 25–August 15, 1971, no. 39 (as "Book and Glasses/Livre et verres").

San Francisco Museum of Art. "Four Americans in Paris: The Collections of Gertrude Stein and Her Family," September 9–October 31, 1971, unnumbered cat.

Paris. Orangerie des Tuileries. "Juan Gris," March 14–July 1, 1974, no. 28 (as "Livre et verres").

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde," May 21–September 6, 2011, no. 68 (as "Book and Glasses").

Paris. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais. "Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso . . . L'aventure des Stein," October 5, 2011–January 22, 2012, no. 68.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde," February 28–June 3, 2012, no. 68.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015, no. 23.

Douglas Cooper in Four Americans in Paris: The Collections of Gertrude Stein and Her Family. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1970, p. 66.

Four Americans in Paris: The Collections of Gertrude Stein and Her Family. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1970, p. 157.

Gertrude Stein and Picasso and Juan Gris. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Canada. Ottawa, 1971, unpaginated, no. 39, ill., and fig. 6 (on display in the residence of Alice B. Toklas at 5, rue Christine, Paris, 1956).

Douglas Cooper in Gertrude Stein and Picasso and Juan Gris. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Canada. Ottawa, 1971, unpaginated.

Alice B. Toklas. Staying on Alone: Letters of Alice B. Toklas. New York, 1973, pp. 309-310 letters October 12, 19, 21, 1954 and p. 328, letter November 13, 1955.

Jean Leymarie in Juan Gris. Exh. cat., Orangerie des Tuileries. Paris, 1974, p. 13.

Juan Gris. Exh. cat., Orangerie des Tuileries. Paris, 1974, p. 83, no. 28, ill.

Juan Antonio Gaya-Nuño. Juan Gris. Barcelona, 1974, p. 243, no. 301, ill. p. 213, as "Bodegón con libro".

Juan Antonio Gaya-Nuño. Juan Gris. Boston, 1975, p. 247, no. 301, ill. p. 217, as "Still Life with Book".

Douglas Cooper with Margaret Potter. Juan Gris: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint. Paris, 1977, vol. 1, p. 136, no. 83, ill. p. 137, as April–May 1914.

Christian Derouet, ed. Juan Gris: Correspondances avec Léonce Rosenberg, 1915–1927. Paris, 1999, p. 66, letter no. 104, p. 67 n. 7, as "Nat[ure] mort[e]".

Robert McD. Parker in The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. Ed. Janet Bishop, Cécile Debray, and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. San Francisco, 2011, p. 403, no. 68.

Cécile Debray in The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. Ed. Janet Bishop, Cécile Debray, and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. San Francisco, 2011, p. 230.

Janet Bishop, Cécile Debray, and Rebecca Rabinow, ed. The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. Exh. cat., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. San Francisco, 2011, p. 290, no. 68, p. 459, pls. 242, 360 (on display in the residence of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas at 27, rue de Fleurus, Paris, 1922; photograph by Man Ray).

Juan Gris: Rimes de la forme et de la couleur. Exh. cat., Musée Paul Valéry. Sète, 2011, ill. p. 73 (on display in the residence of Alice B. Toklas at 5, rue Christine, Paris, 1956).

Sarah Moss. "'Le Vrai et le Faux’ in Juan Gris’s ‘The Table’ (1914)." Burlington Magazine 153 (September 2011), p. 576, fig. 16, as "Book and Glasses".

"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 "Book and Glasses (Livre et verres)".

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. 151, no. 83, ill., as April–May 1914.

Emily Braun in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, pp. 126, 130–35, 310(1)n.5, p. 311(4)nn.20, 23, no. 23, ill. p. 132 (color), figs. 57A, 57B (photographs showing earlier states).

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. 260, figs. 23, 24 (installation photographs of Stein and Toklas residence at 27, rue de Fleurus, Paris, 1922; and Toklas residence at 5, rue Christine, Paris, 1956).

"The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection: A Conversation with Emily Braun and Pepe Karmel." IFAR Journal 16, no. 3 (2015), pp. 44-45, fig. 20 (color).



Page 67 from Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain’s Fantômas series, fourth installment of L'agent secret, chapter 6: "Le caporal Vinson," May 1911; fragment of tobacco tax label (vignette) for Scaferlati Ordinaire tobacco