Juan Gris is best known for his Cubist still life paintings which took in a variety of objects which he would carefully prepare, though a portrait of Pablo Picasso also remains amongst his most famous paintings.
Juan Gris was a creative artist who used many different art mediums combined together, which was much more unusual then as compared to now, where mixed media artists are exceptionally common.
Besides his mixed-media paintings which used elements such as gouache, collage, chalk and charcoal on canvas, Juan Gris was also prominent in sculpture as well.
It is undoubtably the still life paintings, though, for which the artist is best remembered by most and the consistency across his paintings ensures those who like his methods will have plenty of work from his career that they will like.
Juan Gris had a birth name of Jose Victoriano Gonzalez-Perez and despite being Spanish he actually spent most of his life in France, where he found it considerably easier to gain attention in his highly contemporary work.
France itself had a truly impressive contemporary arts scene at that time which led the world in forward thinking ideas, following on closely from the impressionists who had similarly added great creative ideas to the development of French art.
There can be no doubt as to the flexibility of this artist, having produced several complex ballet sets and costumes for Russian Sergei Diaghilev which was quite a departure from his normal work, but still received critical acclaim that encouraged him to take on more commissions in this area.
It is sad that the artist died relatively young at 40, as otherwise it is likely that he would have found the time to continue expanding his skills and take in new art media all the time, possibly even combining more of them together.
This website looks in detail at the career of Juan Gris and offers a gallery of around 25 of his best oil paintings from a highly productive and academically accepted career.