Soon after coming to Paris in 1906 from Madrid, Juan Gris (1887
- 1927) became a
founding figure of cubism with his life-long friends, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.
According to Salvador Dali, Juan Gris was the greatest of the cubist
painters, more important than Picasso, because he was "truer".
In the 1920s, this truth developed into a
very personal and sophisticated graphic style, which unfortunately never matured due to
his untimely death at the age of 40; his lithographs are thus quite
The pure line tracing elegant contours and the systematically repeated rhythms in these lithographs mark Gris's relinquishment of cubism and his return to a refined form of French classicism.
He cogently explained: "Though in my
system I may depart greatly from any form of idealistic or naturalistic
art, in practice I cannot break away from the Louvre. Mine is the
method of all times, the method used by the Old Masters: there are
technical means and they remain constant."
Marcelle La Brune
lithograph, 1921, the only known state, a very good impression, with full margins, numbered 16/50 in pencil, lower right