Still Life: The Table
Juan Gris (José Victoriano González Pérez), Spanish, 1887 - 1927
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A master of collage and papier collé, Juan Gris repeatedly worked within the austerely intellectual confines of the world of still-life objects, which he examined with an almost monastic dedication. The taut and immaculate order that he so often attained in his collages reaches its apogee in this work. Gris achieved an unerring equilibrium of intersecting diagonals, verticals, and horizontals within a perfect oval, while the newspaper headline, "LE VRAI ET LE FAUX" (the true and the false), playfully announces the role of artifice and visual ambiguity in his depiction of humble objects on a wooden tabletop surface.