Google is celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of the famous Spanish painter and sculptor, Juan Gris, by posting a cubist Google Doodle on its home page signifying the abstract art of Cubism, which was the most revolutionary art movement in the last century.
The Google Doodle dedicated to Juan Gris is now available in Australia, New Zealand, India and many other countries, and will be available to the rest of the world later this evening and early morning. Due to the variations in time zones, Google Doodle usually appears in other countries first – way ahead of the United States.
Today’s doodle is quite abstract and basically replicating the art of Cubism. Generally every Google Doodle will have the letters “Google” hidden within it, but unfortunately in today’s doodle, I really couldn’t find these letters. Well, abstract art is more like a mystery to me -
According to Wikipedia, Juan Gris was a famous sculptor and painter who discovered his own personal “cubism” style 100 years ago in Paris, France.
Born in Madrid on March 23, 1887, the birth name of Juan Gris is José Victoriano González-Pérez. He studied mechanical drawing at the Escuela de Artes y Manufacturas in Madrid from 1902 to 1904. During the year 1905, José González adopted the more distinctive pseudonym Juan Gris.
Juan Gris first painted in the analytic style of Cubism, but eventually after 1913 he began his conversion to synthetic Cubism, of which he became a steadfast interpreter, with extensive use of papier collé or, collage. His top auction price was $20.8 million which was set by his 1915 still life titled, Livre, pipe et verres, until Christie’s Imp/Mod sale in November 2010, when “Violon et guitare” sold for $28.6 million.
Here are some of his works featured on Wikipedia -
Since October 1925, Juan’s health started to get complicated and frequently fell ill with attacks of uremia and cardiac problems. He died on May 12, 1927, at age 40.