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Creator Name: Gris, Juan
Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1887 - 1927
Creator Name-CRT: Juan Gris
Title: The Coffee Mill
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1916
Creation End Date: 1916
Creation Date: 1916
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Framed: 74.5cm x 57.5cm x 7cm, Unframed: 55cm x 38cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower left: "Jvan Gris / 5-16"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1980.8
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: (Léonce Rosenberg, Paris); Pierre Faure, Paris; C. Huet, Paris; Rose Valland, Paris; Henri Hoppenot (Paris sale 1976); (Stephen Hahn, New York)
Context: Juan Gris moved from his native Madrid to the Montmartre district of Paris in 1906. He settled in the studios of the Bateau-Lavoir, the building where Pablo Picasso and many other poor, immigrant artists lived. Gris began painting in a cubist style around 1910, developing a highly refined approach that emphasized sharply defined forms and austere, geometric structure. After 1915, his compositions became more complex, and his color richer, as seen in the lavender, sky blues, and olive greens of this painting. A coffee mill with a white handle, a bottle, and a wine glass are depicted on a table covered with a green cloth. To provide greater textural variety, Gris rendered the base of the coffee mill in a simulated wood grain pattern that relates the painted image to the real object.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1980.8
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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