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

La Conferencia

Juan Gris (1887-1927)
La Conferencia
signed 'GRIS' (lower right)
gouache on black paper
17 ¼ x 12 ½ in. (45 x 31.5 cm.)
Painted in 1908
Estate of the artist.
Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York.
Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York (1950).
Gift from the above to the late owners, December 1957.
"La cuestión de Oriente," L'Assiette au Beurre, no. 395, October 1908, p. 491 (illustrated).
J.A. Gaya-Nuño, Juan Gris, Boston, 1975, no. 10 (illustrated).
R. Bachollet, Juan Gris, dessinateur de presse de Madrid à Montmartre, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 2003, p. 258, no. AB 22 (illustrated; with sight dimensions).
M. Potter et al., The David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection: European Works of Art, New York, 1984, vol. I, p. 277, no. 107 (illustrated; with sight dimensions).
New York, The Museum of Modern Art; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts; San Francisco Museum of Art and Los Angeles County Museum, Juan Gris, April-October 1958, p. 120 (illustrated; with sight dimensions).
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"My brother Nelson gave me this rather unusual Gris gouache as a Christmas present in 1957. It was found for him by Bill Lieberman, associate curator of prints and illustrated books at The Museum of Modern Art. For some reason, Nelson thought it looked like a group of bankers. My own feeling was that the group resembled politicians or ambassadors more than bankers." —David Rockefeller

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