Google celebrates Juan Gris’ 125th birthday with a doodle

Posted on Mar 23 2012 - 4:15am by Julius

Google is now celebrating the life and the 125th birth anniversary of Jose Victoriano Gonzalez-Perez, also known as Juan Gris, a Spanish painter famous for his cubism works.

Users who visit the Google home page today will be greeted with a Cubism-themed doodle. Just like Google Doodles of the past, clicking on the image will take you to the search results for “Juan Gris.”

Juan Gris was an important part of cubism’s second phase, which is known as High Cubism, and his style was Synthetic Cubism. Cubism is considered as the most revolutionary art movement last century. Gris is considered as the “Third Musketeer of Cubism,” where Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso were the other two.

Juan Gris was born in March 23, 1887 in Madrid, Spain. He studied mechanical drawing from 1902 to 1904 at the Escuela de Artes y Manufacturas in Madrid. While studying, he was contributing his drawins to local periodicals.

After his stint at the Escuela de Artes y Manufacturas, he studied painting with José Maria Carbonero until 1905. In 1924, he designed costumes and ballet sets for Sergei Diaghilev and the famous Ballets Russes.

Juan Gris discovered his own style of cubism in Paris, France 100 years ago. At first, he painted in the analytic style of Cubism, but later began converting to synthetic cubism. Unlike Braque and Picasso, whose works were monochromatic, Gris’s works have bright harmonious colors.

Gris died on May 11, 1927, in Boulogne-sur-Seine, France. He was 40 years old.

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