Juan Gris (Spanish, Madrid 1887–1927 Boulogne-sur-Seine)
Conté crayon, wax crayon, gouache, watercolor, cut-and-pasted newspaper, printed wallpaper (two types), white, brown, and tan wove cut papers; adhered overall onto newspaper, mounted to primed canvas
18 3/8 × 15 1/16 in. (46.7 × 38.3 cm)
Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection
Not on view
Like many of Gris’s collages displayed here, The Bottle was constructed on a piece of newspaper, which provided an inexpensive, smooth surface. Gris has drawn a label for Whitbread, an English pale ale so popular in France that a bottling depot opened near Paris in 1912. He seems to have had trouble spelling the brand name. He included an extra “E” and covered other mistakes in white gouache.
Inscription: Signed (verso, upper center): Juan Gris
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris; photo no. 5079]; [Galerie Simon (Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler), Paris; inv. no. 688, photo no. 5079]; Vicomte Alain de Léché, Paris (in 1935); [Galerie de Beaune, Paris]; Alfred Richet, Paris (1937–94; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, November 29, 1994, no. 9, sold to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (from 1994)
Paris. Galerie des Beaux-Arts. "Les Créateurs du Cubisme," March–April 1935, no. 58 (as "Nature morte").
Paris. Orangerie des Tuileries. "Juan Gris," March 14–July 1, 1974, no. 34.
Paris. Galerie Berggruen. "Exposition Juan Gris," November 1977.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015, no. 26.
Les créateurs du Cubisme. Exh. cat., Galerie des Beaux-Arts. Paris, 1935, unpaginated, no. 58.
Jean Leymarie inJuan Gris. Exh. cat., Orangerie des Tuileries. Paris, 1974, p. 13.
Douglas Cooper and Hans A. Peters. Juan Gris. Exh. cat., Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. Baden-Baden, 1974, unpaginated, no. 27, ill.
Juan Gris. Exh. cat., Orangerie des Tuileries. Paris, 1974, p. 85, no. 34, ill.
Juan Antonio Gaya-Nuño. Juan Gris. Barcelona, 1974, p. 243, no. 264, ill. p. 210.
Juan Antonio Gaya-Nuño. Juan Gris. Boston, 1975, p. 247, no. 264, ill. p. 214.
Douglas Cooper with Margaret Potter. Juan Gris: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint. Paris, 1977, vol. 1, p. 162, no. 103, ill. p. 163, as June 1914.
Juan Antonio Gaya-Nuño. Juan Gris. Barcelona, 1985, p. 126, fig. 49.
Carol Vogel. "Inside Art: The London Auctions." New York Times (December 2, 1994), p. C28.
"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 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. 188–89, no. 103, 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. 123–25, 310(3)n.22, p. 311(1)nn.35, 40, (2)n.49, no. 26, ill. p. 124 (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.
"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 page six of Le Journal, May 20, 1914, obscured