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Juan Gris

Still Life: Table with Red Cloth

1926

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  • Artist Juan Gris (Spanish, 1887–1927)
  • Title Still Life: Table with Red Cloth
  • Date 1926
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions unframed | 36 3/8 x 29 in.
  • Credit line Gift of Charles H. Yalem, 1963
  • Object number WU 4131

Cubism in Color: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris
Color and Illusion: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris, Baltimore Museum of Art, 09/12/2021 - 01/09/2022
Dallas Museum of Art, 03/14/2021 - 07/25/2021

From Picasso to Fontana: Collecting Modern and Postwar Art in the Eisendrath Years, 1960–1968
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 01/23/2015 - 04/19/2015

Cubism and Abstraction
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 01/12/1998 - 04/05/1998

Early Modern European and American Art
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 09/08/1998 - 10/12/1998

Abstract Expressionism: American Art in the 1950s and 1960s
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 01/17/1997 - 04/06/1997

Picasso, Braque, Léger and the Cubist Spirit, 1919–1939
Portland Museum of Art (Portland, Maine), 06/29/1996 - 10/20/1996

A Gallery of Modern Art
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 08/09/1994 - 10/16/1994

Juan Gris, 1887–1927
Salas Pablo Ruiz Picasso (Madrid, Spain), 09/02/1985 - 11/24/1985

Cubists, Surrealists, and Expressionists
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 05/15/1983 - 09/04/1983

Cubist, Expressionist, and Surrealist Paintings and Sculptures
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 09/20/1980 - 11/02/1980

Juan Gris
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 03/13/1966 - 04/08/1966

Washington University Collection of Modern Paintings and Sculpture from Daumier to Pollock
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 04/06/1966 - 05/08/1966

Picasso, Gris, Miro: The Spanish Masters of Twentieth Century Painting
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 09/14/1948 - 10/17/1948
Portland Museum of Art (Portland, Oregon), 10/26/1948 - 11/28/1948

A Retrospective Exhibition of the Work of Juan Gris, 1887–1927 [verify]
Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, Ohio), 04/30/1948 - 05/31/1948

Golden Gate International Exposition
Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (San Francisco, California)

Loan Exhibition of International Art
Los Angeles Art Association (Los Angeles, California), 10/15/1937 - 12/15/1937

The Art of Today: An Exhibition of Contemporary Pictures and Sculpture Arranged and Sponsored by the Women's Advisory Committee of the Albright Art Gallery
Buffalo AKG Art Museum, 01/03/1936 - 01/31/1936

McCormick Display of Modern Work
Gallery of Antioch Court, Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey), 04/09/1936 - 04/18/1936

Léger and Gris
Kunsthaus Zürich, 04/02/1933 - 04/26/1933

Juan Gris
Marie Harriman Gallery (New York, New York), 02/05/1932

Until 1926
Artist [1]

1926–June 19, 1936
[Galerie Simon (1920–1941), Paris, France, Stock No. 5721, Photo No. 9689 [2]

September 25, 1935–June 19, 1936
[on consignment to the Pierre Matisse Gallery (1931–1989), New York, NY] [3]

June 19, 1936–1958
Mrs. Ruth McClymonds Maitland (1885–1958), Bel Air, CA [4]

1958–at least, September 28, 1962
Walter Maitland (1912–1989), Drake, CO, her son, by descen [5]

by, at least, September 28, 1962
[on consignment to the Richard Feigen Gallery (1957–present), Chicago, IL] [6]

by 1962 or 1963–September 19, 1963
Charles H. Yalem (1893–1978), St. Louis, MO [7]

September 19, 1963–
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Gift of Charles H. Yalem [8]

Notes:

[1]

Gary Tinterow, ed., Juan Gris, 1887–1927 (Madrid: Ministerio de Cultura, Banco de Bilbao, 1985), 443. This text reproduces a 1926 photograph of the artist’s studio in which WU 4131 is visible.

[2]

WU 4131 record card, Galerie Simon frame label, and October 3, 1962, letter from Galerie Louis Leiris to Richard Feigen, WU 4131 object file, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis (hereafter referred to as WU 4131 object file). See also Douglas Cooper and Margaret Potter, Juan Gris: Catalogue raisonnée de l’ouevre peint v. 2 (Paris: Berggruen, 1977), 586. See also Christian Zervos, “Juan Gris et l’inquietude d’aujourd’hui,” Cahiers d’Art 1, no. 10 (1926): 271. In this article, all images—including the image of WU 4131—are credited to Galerie Simon. Galerie Simon was owned by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, an important dealer of modern art and an early champion of Cubism. Kahnweiler had previously run Galerie Kahnweiler, which closed in 1914. Galerie Simon was taken over by Kahnweiler’s stepdaughter Louise Leiris and renamed Galerie Louise Leiris in 1941 to circumvent antisemitic laws enacted by the Vichy regime.

[3]

Frame label, Pierre Matisse inventory number “C-562.” See also Galerie Simon “en commission” invoice for Pierre Matisse Gallery, September 25, 1935, Box 95, Folder 02, Pierre Matisse Gallery Archives, The Morgan Library & Museum, Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, New York, NY (hereafter referred to as Pierre Matisse Gallery Archives). See also Stock no. 523b in Pierre Matisse Gallery Purchase Book, 1932–1947, June 19, 1936, p. 12, Box 171, Folder 33, Pierre Matisse Gallery Archives. The Pierre Matisse Gallery was run by Pierre Matisse, the son of the artist Henri Matisse. Matisse was a prominent dealer of European and American modern and contemporary art.

[4]

May 26, 1936, letter from Pierre Matisse to Ruth Maitland, WU 4131 object file. See also letter from William N. Eisendrath Jr., then director of the Washington University Gallery of Art, to Douglas Cooper, September 28, 1962, WU 4131 object file. See also June 19, 1936, correspondence between Pierre Matisse and Ruth Maitland, Box 117, Folder 32, Pierre Matisse Gallery Archives.

[5]

September 28, 1962, letter from William N. Eisendrath to Douglas Cooper, WU 4131 object file.

[6]

Feigen number #1776-B, per WU 4131 object record. This was likely with Richard Feigen Gallery as a consignment, per September 28, 1962, letter from Eisendrath to Cooper, which describes Walter Maitland as the “present owner” even though the painting was with Feigen.

[7]

September 28, 1962, letter from Eisendrath to Cooper, WU 4131 object file. At this time, Eisendrath was acting as Yalem’s art advisor. In the letter he states that he advised Yalem to purchase WU 4131.

[8]

WU 4131 object file.

Inscription Recto, lower left, in gray paint: Juan Gris 26

Label Verso, upper left on frame, yellowed label, text printed in brown with typewritten inscriptions: modern institute of art / 344 1/2 north rodeo drive [dot] beverly hills, california / [enclosed in rectangle] [printed:] title [typewritten:] "The Stand With Red Cloth / [printed:] artist [typewritten:] Juan Gris [printed:] owner [typewritten:] Mrs. Ruth McC. Maitland / [printed:] address [typewritten:] 344 1/2 North Rodeo Drive - Beverly Hills / [printed:] value [empty space]

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