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Portrait of Juan Gris. Painting by Amedo Modigalini


Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo ModigaliniPortrait of Juan Gris. Portrait of Juan Gris. 1915. Oil on canvas. 55.5 x 38 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Portrait of Juan Gris

Modigliani was a very skillful portraitist. He adopted Expressionist style in his portraits. Modigliani painted a series of portraits, the subjects being contemporary artists, his friends and lovers. This portrait of Juan Gris is one among those portraits painted by Modigliani.

Juan Gris was a Spanish painter who lived and worked in France almost all his life. Gris was born in Madrid. He studied drawing and painting. In 1906, he moved to Paris. There he got the friendship of Henri Matisse, Georges Braque and Amedeo Modigliani. In 1915, Modigliani painted this portrait of Juan Gris. The portrait of Pablo Picasso, painted by Juan Gris is one of the most famous early cubist paintings by a painter other than Picasso.

The works of Juan Gris are closely connected to the emergence of an innovative artistic genre – Cubism. He developed a personal cubist style. Gris became a steadfast interpreter of synthetic cubism, though in the beginning he was influenced by analytic cubism.

Modigliani has modernized the traditional portraiture. Photography had forced artists of the need to be realistic or naturalistic, thereby allowing them to take artistic liberties. In Modigliani’s case, he often elongated the body of his sitters, creating an elegant and surrealistic image. The portrait by Modigliani is very soulful. As written by Jean Cocteau, Modigliani turned his sitters into Modiglianis.

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