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Still Life with Checked Tablecloth by Juan Gris
Still Life with Checked Tablecloth by Juan Gris

Still Life with Checked Tablecloth, 1915

Juan Gris

This still life is more than it initially appears. What’s on this table? Find coffee cups, stemmed wineglasses, a bowl of grapes, a bottle of red wine, a Bass extra stout ale with its distinctive red diamond logo, a newspaper, and a guitar. Now for the hidden image: a bull’s head. The cup at lower center doubles as the snout, a black-and-white concentric circle at left is a “bull’s eye,” the bottle of ale is an ear, and the edge of the guitar is a horn. The letters “eau” on the wine label, probably part of the word “beaujolais” can just as easily represent “taureau” (bull).

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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