The Coffee Mill

The Coffee Mill

1916

Juan Gris

(Spanish, 1887-1927)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 74.6 x 57.6 x 7 cm (29 3/8 x 22 11/16 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 55 x 38 cm (21 5/8 x 14 15/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1980.8

Description

A member of Picasso's intimate circle, Gris began painting austere Cubist compositions around 1910. After 1915, his compositions became more complex and his colors richer. This painting features a coffee mill, a bottle, and a wine glass on a table covered with a green cloth. The simulated wood-grain pattern on the coffee mill's base, perhaps inspired by Picasso's collage constructions, adds textural variety to this arrangement of fragmented and flattened geometric shapes.

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