Portrait of Juan Gris. Painting
by Amedo Modigalini
Famous Art work & Drawing by Amedo ModigaliniPortrait
of Juan Gris.
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
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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