Juan Gris - 1913 - Violin and

Juan Gris, 1913

Violin and Engraving
oil, sand and pasted engraving on canvas
private collection

When Gris's dealer, Henri Kahnweiler, informed Gris that a prospective buyer for this piece, M. Brenner, objected to the reproduction glued into the composition, Gris wrote back:

"If Mr Brenner acquires the picture, he is free to replace the print by another of his choosing, even by his own portrait if he wishes. That can make it better or worse in the same way as the frame one picks out for a picture. It cannot harm the basic qualities of the picture."

This idea would later inspire Futurism and Dada.

[From History of Collage by Eddie Wolfram, p. 19]

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