Modern and Contemporary Art
Juan Gris (José Victoriano González Pérez), Spanish, 1887 - 1927
Oil on panel
18 1/2 x 15 3/8 inches (47 x 39 cm)
Currently not on view
1952-61-35A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952
With Léonce Rosenberg, Galerie de l'Effort Moderne, Paris (stock no. 5327) ; Pierre Faure, Paris ; with Galerie Simon, Paris, as of 1937, and possibly by 1933 (stock no. 0456); sold to A. E. Gallatin, New York, June 1937 ; bequest to PMA, 1952.
1. Stock number L.R. 5327 on back of painting.
2. Label on back of painting. 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 Gris exhibition (all pre-1920). Cooper states that the entire collection was acquired by the Galerie Simon in 1933 (Cooper, The Essential Cubism, 1983, pp. 25, 31).
3. Letter from Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler to Gallatin dated June 10, 1937, noting the purchase of this painting and "Dish of Fruit" (1952-61-36) also by Gris. See also Gallatin's letter of August 1  to George L.K. Morris: "…Kahnweiler recently bought a fine collection of about 18 Gris. Two of them (topping) you will see in New York" (cited by Gail Stavitsky, The Development, Institutionalization, and Impact of the A. E. Gallatin Collection of Modern Art [Ph.D. dissertation, New York University], 1990, v. 7, p. 105). This group of 18 works probably represented a portion of Faure's private collection, which comprised about 26 paintings by Gris as well as works by other Cubists. According to Cooper's catalogue raisonné, 16 paintings by Gris are known to have gone directly from Faure to Kahnweiler's Galerie Simon.