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Guitar on a Table (Guitare sur une table) by Juan Gris

Guitar on a Table (Guitare sur une table), 1915

Juan Gris

In this artwork, a powerful, bright blue is dominant. This could be the color of the tablecloth. As with many objects in the still lifes of Gris, the guitar is represented by contours with white and black lines. The music paper, the guitar, the tablecloth, the curtain with yellow dots and the carpet are on the same level, while the table actually suggests space. Given the perspective and the appearance of the wood, the table is painted quite realistically. The same applies to the music paper and a small part of the wood of the guitar. Gris thus explores the contrast between abstraction and the faithful depiction of reality. He says: ‘I work with the elements of the intellect, the imagination. That which is abstract, I try to make concrete’.

Credit
The Kröller-Müller Museum