Juan Gris (1887-1927)
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Juan Gris (1887-1927)

Compotier et journal

Juan Gris (1887-1927)
Compotier et journal
signed and dated 'Juan Gris 25' (lower right)
oil on canvas
21¾ x 18 1/8 in. (55.3 x 46 cm.)
Painted in 1925
Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris (no. 9312).
Galerie Simon, Paris.
Hermann Lange, Krefeld, by whom acquired from the above and thence by descent.
Private collection, Switzerland.
D. Cooper (ed.), Letters of Juan Gris (1913-1927), Collected by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, London, 1956, no. CCXXVII, 30 March 1926.
D. Cooper, Juan Gris, Catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint, vol. II, Paris, 1977, no. 549, p. 372 (illustrated p. 373).
Paris, Galerie Simon, Exposition rérospective Juan Gris, June 1928, no. 58 (incorrectly dated 1926).
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Exhibition in Honour of Daniel-H. Kahnweiler, February - March 1958, no. 31 (Illustrated).
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Lot Essay

Painted in 1925, during a period in the last few years of Gris' life which Daniel Henry Kahnweiler considered the most fruitful and beautiful of the artist's career, Compotier et journal is a lyrical and beautifully constructed still-life. With an array of overlapping forms, contained elements and fictive borders, edges and frames, Compotier et journal recalls Gris' earlier cubist aesthetic but has been softened into a more rounded and harmonious composition. 'From the purely technical point of view it was certainly the most rigorous period of his life. Stately and firm, his paintings had become the "flat coloured architecture" of which he talked. Everything was restored to the flat surface... Gris revealed himself at this time as a classical painter: lucidity, purity, the preponderance of the work of art itself, the predominance of the general, the static quality, all the symptoms are there. He is classical too in the way he subordinates his emotion to the work in which it is expressed' (D.H. Kahnweiler, Juan Gris, His Life and Work, London, 1969, pp. 129-130).

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