Juan Gris

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Juan Gris: who built the early foundations of Cubism

Juan Gris was born in 1887 in Madrid. He was the only cubist that could make Picasso uncomfortable. Built upon the foundation of early Cubism, the artist was a member of a tight-knit circle of Avant-grade artists in Paris. The artist adopted radically fragmented pictures spaced between Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. Gris's artworks were almost similar and not distinguishable from theirs, informed by crisp design elements and commercial appearance.

A short artistic career

Juan studied mechanical drawing at the Escuela De Artes in Madrid from 1902 to 1904. During this time, he highly contributed drawings to local periodicals. From 1904 to 1905, the artist studied painting with Jose Maria, who was an academic artist. In 1906 Juan moved to Paris, where he became friends with Henri Matisse, Frenand Legerm Geroges Braque. In Paris, the artist followed the lead of another fellow compatriot, Pablo Picasso. 

The artist began to paint seriously in 1910, and by 1912 de was the master of Cubist style. The artist's life was short, and he was constantly struggling with Asthma, and in his late period, he battled kidney and Cardiac ailments. In 1927 he died of kidney failure, but he has achieved so much success in his short artistic career.

The artworks that made him the fierce competitor of Picasso:

  • Portrait of Picasso- this was a tribute to Picasso (the founder of Cubism) in a cubic style. It is the best Cubist painting done by an artist except for Georges Braque and Picasso.
  • Flowers- this painting represents a woman's marble-topped vanity table.
  • Still life with checkered Tablecloth- it shows a small bistro table with a tablecloth.
  • The man from Touraine- this is an Avant-grade painting after World War I
  • Woman with a basket- this painting shows a woman holding a woven basket.