Juan Gris (Spanish, Madrid 1887–1927 Boulogne-sur-Seine)
Conté crayon, wax crayon, gouache, oil, watercolor, cut-and-pasted printed wallpaper (two types), newspaper, tan and white wove and white laid papers, selectively varnished; adhered overall onto a sheet of newspaper, mounted to primed canvas
18 1/8 × 15 in. (46 × 38.1 cm)
Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection
Not on view
The materials Gris used here include faux bois wallpaper, newspaper, the top of a matchbox (at lower right), and a tobacco label (at center left) taken from a forty-gram packet, at the time considered a two-day supply. Because it was packaged in gray waxed paper, these bricks of Scaferlati, a popular, rough-hewn smoking tobacco, were commonly known as “Le Cube Gris” (The Gray Cube), which must have greatly amused Gris, who included it in several collages of 1914 as a witty reference to himself.
Inscription: Signed (verso, upper center): Juan Gris
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris, 1914; photo no. 5080; sequestered Kahnweiler stock, December 12, 1914–21; second Kahnweiler sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 17, 1921, no. 140, as "Nature morte," sold for Fr 130, to “Monsieur Grassat,” the Kahnweiler syndicate, for Galerie Simon]; [Galerie Simon (Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler), Paris, from 1921, as "Le vin [parts illegible];" inv. no. 6882, photo no. 5080]; Vicomte Alain de Léché, Paris (in 1931); Bernard Poissonnier, Paris; James Johnson Sweeney, New York (in February 1947); private collection (until 1997; sold in July 1997 to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (from 1997)
Paris. Galerie des Beaux-Arts. "Les Créateurs du Cubisme," March–April 1935, no. 57 (as "Nature morte").
New York. Buchholz Gallery. "Juan Gris," April 1–26, 1947, no. 4 (as "Le vin rosé").
Houston. Museum of Fine Arts. "The Heroic Years: Paris 1908–1914," October 21–December 8, 1965, no catalogue.
Basel. Galerie Beyeler. "Joie de vivre," June–September 1997, no. 32.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015, no. 27.
Bernard Bouttet de Monval. "Èchos de l'Hôtel Drouot. Liste Complète des prix atteints à la deuxième vente Kahnweiler." L'Esprit Nouveau : Revue internationale illustrée de l'activité contemporaine 15 (1921), p. 1827, as "Nature Morte" [possibly this picture].
Waldemar George. Juan Gris. Paris, 1931, pl. 31, as "Le vin rosé".
Les créateurs du Cubisme. Exh. cat., Galerie des Beaux-Arts. Paris, 1935, unpaginated, no. 57.
Juan Gris. Exh. cat., Buchholz Gallery. New York, 1947, unpaginated, no. 4.
Juan Antonio Gaya-Nuño. Juan Gris. Barcelona, 1974, p. 243, no. 270, ill. p. 211, as "El vino rosado".
Juan Antonio Gaya-Nuño. Juan Gris. Boston, 1975, p. 247, no. 270, ill. p. 215, as "Vin Rosé".
Douglas Cooper with Margaret Potter. Juan Gris: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint. Paris, 1977, vol. 1, p. 160, no. 100, ill. p. 161, as June 1914.
Ulrich Weisner. Zeichnungen und Collagen des Kubismus: Picasso, Braque, Gris. Exh. cat., Kunsthalle Bielefeld. Bielefeld, 1979, p. 274, no. 211, ill.
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. 16.
Lewis Kachur inJuan Gris (1887–1927). Ed. Gary Tinterow. Exh. cat., Salas Pablo Ruiz Picasso. Madrid, 1985, p. 38, fig. 7.
Joie de vivre. Exh. cat., Galerie Beyeler. Basel, 1997, p. 74, no. 32, ill. p. 35.
"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, pp. 182–83, no. 100, ill., as June 1914.
Elizabeth Cowling inCubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, pp. 121–23, 310(3)n. 22, no. 27, ill. p. 122 (color).
Anna Jozefacka and Luise Mahler inCubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, p. 263, fig. 27 (pl. 31 in Ref. George 1931).
"The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection: A Conversation with Emily Braun and Pepe Karmel." IFAR Journal 16, no. 3 (2015), p. 44, fig. 20 (color).
Impressionist/Modern Evening Sale. Christie's, London. February 4, 2015, p. 29, ill. (color).
Newspaper fragment from front page of Le Matin, June 1, 1914; French matchbox cover; fragment of tobacco tax label (vignette) for Scaferlati Ordinaire tobacco