Zoom Into 'The Bottle of Anís del Mono'

Juan Gris experiments with illusion in this work from the Museo Reina Sofia collection

By Google Arts & Culture

The Bottle of Anís del Mono (1914) by Juan GrisMuseo Reina Sofia

In this work, created in 1914, Juan Gris experiments with the illusion and representation of daily life and objects.

Although these elements play with the representation of objects, they also make references to real situations within the picture.

This can be seen in the physical label of the anisette bottle and the newspaper cuttings, creating a fragmented collage with elements from real objects.

Everyday objects used in Cubist painting have often been interpreted as symbols of the private world of the painter...

...such as the newspaper, which contains messages about the socio-political context at the time the work was created.

Discover more about 'The Bottle of Anís del Mono'.

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