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Jose Victoriano Gonzalez

Born: 1887 AD
Died: 1927 AD
Nationality: Spanish
Categories: Artists, Painters

1887 – Juan Gris, born on the 23rd of March in Madrid, whose original name was Jose Victoriano Gonzalez, was a Spanish painter whose lucidly composed still lifes are major works of the style called Synthetic Cubism.

1902 – 1904 – He studied engineering at the Madrid School of Arts and Manufactures but soon began making drawings for newspapers in the sensuously curvilinear Art Nouveau style.


1906 – He moved to Paris and settled in Montmartre in the Bateau-Lavoir, an artists’ dwelling where his compatriot Pablo Picasso lived.

1910 – He did his first significant paintings and adopted the Cubist style the following year.

1912 – The art dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler agreed to purchase his entire artistic output.

1913 – 1914 – He arrived at a personal and mature version of Synthetic Cubism characterized by rigorously geometrical compositions in which fragmented objects and sharp-edged planes are articulated with maximum clarity.

1921 – 1927 – He transformed his Synthetic Cubist idiom so that his style became increasingly free and lyrical.

1927 – He died in Boulogne-sur-Seine (Paris) in the spring on the 11th of May at the age of forty, leaving a wife, Josette, and a son, Georges.