Nature Morte aux Fruits by Juan Gris

web Juan Gris (c) Museums WorcestershireThis signed lithograph print is an unexpected inclusion in Worcester City’s art collection, but a real treasure. It first came into the collection as part of the Print Loan scheme before moving to the main collection; Museums Worcestershire has an extensive set of historical items that are borrowed by schools and other learning organisations to help bring the past to life.

Juan Gris was, along with Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, a leading artist of the Cubist art movement. Gris was born in Madrid, but moved to Paris as a young man. The Paris art world at the beginning of the twentieth century was an exciting melting pot of new ideas and Gris’ friends and fellow artists included Matisse, Leger and Modigliani as well as Picasso. Gris died in 1927 aged just 40, perhaps meaning his work is slightly less known than his peers.

Nature Morte aux Fruits is a perfect example of Gris’ work with its flatness, its strong architectural shapes and its harmonious colour palate including a very typical red table cloth. The inclusion of the pears within the still life makes it an interesting comparison to other depictions of pears, some a lot more local, in the Worcester art collection.

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