Juan Gris (Spanish, Madrid 1887–1927 Boulogne-sur-Seine)
Conté crayon, gouache, oil, cut-and-pasted newspaper, white laid paper, printed wallpaper (three types), selectively varnished; adhered overall onto a sheet of newspaper, mounted to primed canvas
21 5/8 × 18 1/8 in. (54.9 × 46 cm)
Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection
Not on view
Contemporary audiences will recognize many of the objects represented here—stemmed glasses, a corked bottle, coffee cups with spoons, a newspaper—but others have become increasingly obsolete. The hand-rendered, unfolded piece of paper above the letters “OURN” in the newspaper masthead, for example, is a wrapper for loose tobacco. The packet with the toggle closure camouflaged at left center is a tobacco pouch.
Inscription: Signed (verso, upper center): Juan Gris
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris, 1914; inv. no. 2089, photo no. 5062; sequestered Kahnweiler stock, December 12, 1914–23; fourth Kahnweiler sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 7, 1923, no. 283, as "Nature morte"]; private collection; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 7, 1934, no. 92, as "Nature morte: Tasses, verre et bouteille," sold for Fr 460, to an unidentified bidder; [Galerie Percier (André Level), Paris]; [Zwemmer Gallery, London, April 1935–37; sold on February 15, 1937 for 45 British pounds to Sadler]; Sir Michael Ernest Sadler K.C.S.I., Oxford (1937–d. 1943); his son, Michael Sadler, England (from 1943); [Ernest Brown & Phillips, Ltd. (The Leicester Galleries), London]; Peter Watson, Esq., London (1944–d. 1956; his bequest to Fowler); Norman R. Fowler, London (1956–60; sold in March 1960 as "Composition" to Knoedler); [M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York, 1960; inv. no. CA5940; sold on May 25, 1960 to Rothschild]; Herbert M. and Nannette Rothschild, Kitchawan, New York (1960–his d. 1976); Nannette Rothschild, Kitchawan, New York (1976–d. 1979); their daughter, Judith Rothschild, New York (1979–ca. 1991; sold ca. 1991 to Galerie Gmurzynska); [Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne, ca. 1991–92; sold in 1992 to private collection]; private collection, Switzerland (from 1992); the heirs, Switzerland (until 1999; possibly their sale, Christie’s, London, June 30, 1999, no. 503, sold to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (from 1999)
Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art. Exh. cat., National Art Gallery, Adelaide. Adelaide, 1939, unpaginated, no. 49.
The Daily Telegraph Exhibition of French and British Modern Art. Exh. cat., Exhibition Gallery, David Jones. Sydney, 1939, unpaginated, no. 49.
Forty Years of Modern Art, 1907–1947: A Selection from British Collections. Exh. cat.London, 1948, unpaginated (checklist), pl. 21.
Gordon Bailey Washburn. "The Peter Watson Collection." Carnegie Magazine 31, no. 2 (February 1957), p. 49, ill., as "Collage"
Harriet Janis and Rudi Blesh. Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques. Philadelphia, 1962, p. 286, fig. 27.
Daniel Robbins and George E. Downing. The Herbert and Nannette Rothschild Collection. Exh. cat., Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, 1966, unpaginated, no. 60, ill.
Juan Antonio Gaya-Nuño. Juan Gris. Barcelona, 1974, p. 243, no. 299, ill. p. 213, as "Botella y periódico".
Juan Antonio Gaya-Nuño. Juan Gris. Boston, 1975, p. 247, no. 299, ill. p. 217, as "Bottle and Newspaper".
Douglas Cooper with Margaret Potter. Juan Gris: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint. Paris, 1977, vol. 1, p. 144, no. 89, ill. p. 145, as May–June 1914.
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. 66, no. 22.
Marianne L. Teuber inKubismus: Künstler, Themen, Werke, 1907–1920. Exh. cat., Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle. Cologne, 1982, p.46, fig. 41, as "Blumen".
Mark Rosenthal. Juan Gris. Exh. cat., University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley. New York, 1983, pp. 53, 178, no. 24, ill. p. 55.
Kirk Varnedoe in Kirk Varnedoe and Adam Gopnik. High and Low: Modern Art, Popular Culture. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1990, p. 23, fig. 6.
Nigel Vaux Halliday. More than a Bookshop: Zwemmer's and art in the 20th century. 1991, p. 185 n59.
Christopher Green, with Christian Derouet, and Karin von Maur. Juan Gris. Exh. cat., Whitechapel Gallery. London, 1992, (German ed., add., no. 44a, ill.).
Margit Rowell. Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1997, pp. 48–49, 222, pl. 31.
Olivier Camu. "A Private European Collection: A Journey through Art." Christie’s Magazine 16, no. 7 (July–August 1999), p. 26, ill. p. 27, and cover.
Eileen Chanin and Steven Miller. Degenerates and Perverts: The 1939 Herald Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art. Carlton, Australia, 2005, pp. 64, 184, 265, no. 49, ill. pp. 65, 90–91 (detail), 201 (installed in the “Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art,” National Art Gallery, Adelaide, 1939 [unidentified in the caption to the illustration]).
"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 May–June 1914.
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. 162–63, no. 89, ill., as May–June 1914.
Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow inCubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, p. 236, fig. 106 (verso).
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. 120–21, 123, 310(3)nn.22–24, (4)n.27, p. 311(1)nn.35, 39, 40, no. 25, ill. p. 119 (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, pp. 262–63, fig. 25 (installation photo,Exh. Adelaide 1939).
"The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection: A Conversation with Emily Braun and Pepe Karmel." IFAR Journal 16, no. 3 (2015), fig. 20 (color).
Newspaper fragment from front page of Le Journal, May 17, 1914