Portrait of Pablo Picasso | Juan Gris | 1912

Portrait of Pablo Picasso | Juan Gris | 1912

Portrait of Pablo Picasso | Juan Gris | 1912

In his adolescence, the Spanish Juan Gris studied painting for two years until he moved to Paris in 1906. There, he worked as a cartoonist for several publications and met famous artists such as Matisse, Braque, Modigliani and Picasso. In 1910 he decided to devote himself to painting.

What is curious about the Gris’ story is that his work was purely circumstantial and flourished only within the boundaries the movement in fashion: cubism. The Portrait of Pablo Picasso, of 1912, was the first cubist work that wasn’t created by the hand of Picasso and Braque. In it, we can see the artist at a young age, when he still had hair, wearing a suit and holding a palette. The composition was created exclusively from earth tones, interrupted by the vibrant colors of the palette, such as blue, red, yellow and black. The work is a good example of the early days of cubism, or analytical cubism, where the forms and figures were broken down in order to be “analyzed” in parts. In this portrait, the breakdown of the figure is relatively symmetrical and adjusted, allowing us to recognize the features of the character. Later, the cubists will reject this kind of neatness, producing more chaotic and disorganized paintings.

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~ by Álvaro Mazzino on June 13, 2011.

13 Responses to “Portrait of Pablo Picasso | Juan Gris | 1912”

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