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JUAN GRIS

Spanish painter with the real name José Victoriano Carmelo Carlos González-Pérez, was born in 1887 in Madrid. At Escuela de Artes y Manufacturas in Madrid between 1902 and 1904 studied design, and from 1904 to 1905 painting with an academic painter Josejem Mario Carbonerom. A year later he moves to Paris, where he is friends with Henry Mattis, Fernard Leger and Pablo Picasso. He is a representative of Cubism and his portrait of Piccasso (1912) is one of the first cubist paintings not painted by George Braque or Picasso himself.

Portrait of Picasso, oil on canvas

In 1922 he painted costumes and theatre stages. He held important exhibitions in Paris in 1923 and Berlin, and two years later in Düsseldorf. Salvador Dali was of the opinion that Gris was more important than Picasso and the greatest representative of the direction of Cubism because he was more real.

A quiet life in front of the open window, oil on canvas

His works are kept in the most prestigious museums like Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Metropolian Museum of Art in New York.

A quite life with chequered tablecloth, oil on canvas

The auction house Christies in London in 2014 with his picture named Nature morte a la nappe a CARREAUX earned 56.8 million dollars and is considered his most expensive picture sold.

He died in 1927 in France, in age of just 40 years.

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