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    Sale 12070

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper

    13 May 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1004

    Juan Gris (1887-1927)

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    Juan Gris (1887-1927)
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    signed 'JUAN GRIS' (lower left)
    gouache, brush and India ink, charcoal and pencil on toned paper
    15 ¼ x 12 ¼ in. (38.7 x 31 cm.)
    Executed circa 1906-1907

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    Gris arrived in Paris in 1906, and took up residence at the Bateau Lavoir, where he met Pablo Picasso, and through him Georges Braque, Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Maurice Raynal, Pierre Reverdy and other artists, poets and critics at the forefront of a new generation of Paris’ avant-garde. The present drawing was executed circa 1906-1907, shortly after Gris moved to France. It was published several years later in the Catalan, pro-republican weekly satirical magazine, L’Esquella de la Torratxa, with the following caption: "In modern countries, like the United States, the cars have the right to go at 80 per hour. Here they always think we go too quickly, and we only go at 20. Look how we have to run to get to the Yankees’ level!" (op. cit., 1912, p. 185)


    Peter H. Deitsch Gallery, New York (by 1958).
    Acquired by the family of the present owner, circa 1965.


    L'Esquella de la Torratxa, no. 1733, 15 March 1912, p. 185 (illustrated).
    R. Bachollet, Juan Gris, dessinateur de presse de Madrid à Montmartre, catalogue raisonné, 1904-1912, Paris, 2003, p. 481, no. ES 5 (illustrated).


    New York, The Museum of Modern Art; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; San Francisco Museum of Art and Los Angeles County Museum, Juan Gris, April-October 1958, p. 13 (illustrated; titled The Automobilist).