Juan Gris (José Victoriano González Pérez), Spanish, 1887 - 1927

Made in France, Europe


Oil on canvas

31 7/8 × 25 1/2 inches (81 × 64.8 cm) Framed: 33 1/2 × 27 1/8 × 2 inches (85.1 × 68.9 × 5.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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With Léonce Rosenberg, Galerie de l'Effort Moderne, Paris [1]; Pierre Faure, Paris, by 1933 [2]; sold to Louise and Walter C. Arensberg, Los Angeles, through Marcel Duchamp as agent, 1938 [3]; gift to PMA, 1950. 1. In December 1915 Gris suspended his contract with Kahnweiler, and by 1916 sold his work exclusively through Rosenberg, with whom he signed a contract in 1917. 2. Zürich, Kunsthaus, "Juan Gris," 1933, no. 57, lent by Pierre Faure, Paris. According to Douglas Cooper, Faure formed his large collection of 26 paintings by Gris between 1915 and 1927, buying from Léonce Rosenberg. Some 21 oil paintings owned by Faure appeared in the 1933 Zürich exhibition (all pre-1920). Cooper states that the entire collection was acquired by Kahnweiler's Galerie Simon in Paris in 1933 (Cooper and Tinterow, The Essential Cubism, 1983, pp. 25, 31); however, none of the Arensberg Gris paintings, all from the Faure collection, have Galerie Simon labels. This suggests that Duchamp acquired them directly from Faure (see note 3). 3. Provenance notes made for the Arensbergs by Marcel Duchamp, dated Sept. 8, 1951 (PMA, Arensberg Archives), state that this and the other four paintings by Gris in the Arensberg collection were acquired as a group from a "private collection" (Faure's).