José Victoriano González-Pérez was born in Madrid in 1887. Better known as Juan Gris he became one of the main practitioners of Cubism, developing his own style of it. Having studied mechanical drawing at the Escuela de Artes y
Manufacturas in Madrid, he moved to Paris in 1906 where he came under the influence of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. According to Wikipedia:
"At first painted in the analytic style of cubism but after 1915, he began his conversion to synthetic cubism of which he
became a steadfast interpreter, with extensive use of papier collé.
Unlike Picasso and Braque whose works were monochomatic, Gris concentrated on painting with bright colors."
The Reina Sofía Museum is putting on a Juan Gris exhibition, which is the culmination of 3 years’ hard work by them, and is said to be one of the finest ever put together on the artist. The exhibition includes 250 pieces (90 drawings) – quite a few of which have never been seen in Spain before. The exhibition started on 23rd June and will run until 19th September.
Prices: Museum – 3.01 Euros. Free on Saturdays from 2.30 p.m.