Thursday 25 April 2013

Juan Gris, 1887-1927 (Spanish painter and sculptor)

* A biography of Juan Gris reveals that the iconic painter was born at 7 p.m.

Juan Gris (March 23, 1887 – May 11, 1927) was a Spanish painter and sculptor who lived and worked in France most of his life. His works, which are closely connected to an innovative artistic genre — Cubism — are among the movement's most distinctive.

At first Gris painted in the analytic style of Cubism, but after 1913 he began his conversion to synthetic Cubism, of which he became a steadfast interpreter, with extensive use of papier collé or, collage. Unlike Picasso and Braque, whose Cubist works were monochromatic, Gris painted with bright harmonious colors in daring, novel combinations in the manner of his friend Matisse. Gris exhibited with the painters of the Puteaux Group in the Salon de la Section d'Or in 1912. His preference for clarity and order influenced the Purist style of Amédée Ozenfant and Charles Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier), and made Gris an important exemplar of the post-war "return to order" movement.

Read more from his Wikipedia biography.


"Gris painted with bright harmonious colors in daring, novel combinations." An effect of Uranus rising in Libra in the 12th? The Boomerang to Venus at 29° Aries is also very interesting!


BIRTH DATA: José Victoriano Carmelo Carlos Gonzalez Pérez, 23 March 1887, 19:00 (7 p.m.) LMT (+0:14:44), Madrid, Spain (40n24, 03w41). ASC: 12 Libra. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (c) quotes Juan Antonio Gaya Nuño and Juan Gris, Juan Gris (Éditions Cercle d'art, 1974), p. 25: "José Victoriano Carmelo Carlos Gonzalez Pérez naquit à sept heures de l'après-midi le 23 mars 1887 à Madrid, rue del Carmen n° 4, 3e étage (2)."

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