Self-Portrait No. 1
Juan Gris (José Victoriano González Pérez), Spanish, 1887 - 1927
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In this dusky, youthful self-portrait, Juan Gris presents himself as an alert, dignified subject. His eyes gaze piercingly from deep within the fleshy, heavily modeled contours of his face. Created on the cusp of his transition to a Cubist style, Gris skillfully partitions areas of light and shadow into abstract shapes that appear in the shading of the brow and the highlights beneath the left eye and the chin.