This work is an example of the mastery that Gris attains in Synthetic Cubism. This type of Cubism would begin by reducing compartmentalization and enlarging the fragments, and would end up eliminating them and giving a unitary, synthetic look to the figures. This does not mean there was a return to naturalism, because the objects are formed using their different fragments, and there is often disproportion among the parts, asymmetry and different perspectives. Thus, in this canvas we see deformations and an ensemble of different perspectives ("flat, tilted architectures" in the words of Gris), as each object is represented from different vantage points, introducing different notions of time and ways of seeing in the space of the painting.


  • Title: Guitar with inlays
  • Creator: Juan Gris
  • Creator Death Place: Boulogne-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, France
  • Creator Birth Place: Madrid, Spain
  • Date Created: 1925
  • Style: Cubism
  • Provenance: Bought, 1998
  • Physical Dimensions: w920 x h730 mm
  • Original Title: La guitare aux incrustations
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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