March 23 – Happy Birthday, Juan Gris

Posted on March 23, 2015

Juan Gris was a painter and sculptor, just like Pablo Picasso

He was from Spain, just like Picasso.

He was one of the people who helped to invent Cubism. Just like Picasso.

But Picasso is much more famous!

Actually, the name Juan Gris isn't the name that today's birthday boy was born with on this date in 1887 - instead, he was born José Victoriano González-Pérez. It's interesting that this artist chose the name “Gris,” which means “gray” in English, since he used a lot of vibrant colors in his paintings!
These two pictures feature a guitar...

Gris was born and raised in Madrid, Spain's capital, and he studied mechanical drawing in Madrid as well. In 1906 Gris moved to Paris and became friends with some other artists, including Henri Matisse. He lived in the same building (described as a “gloomy heap”) as Picasso; Gris apparently thought of Picasso as something of a teacher, I guess maybe in the inspirational sense, but Picasso is said to have been irritated with Gris.

It was Gris's “Homage to Picasso” that established Gris as a great artist. His paintings have been sold for tens of millions of dollars. (One sold for about $57 million - but one of Picasso's paintings, sold for more than $150 million!)

Gris sadly died from kidney or renal problems when he was just 40 years old.

These two paintings
feature a violin...

Also on this date:

World Meteorological Day

Anniversary of the coining of the word “okay” (America's “Greatest Word”)

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