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Juan Gris' 125th birthday: Google does a cubist doodle for the Spanish painter


Soumyadip Choudhury,IBNLive.com
Mar 23, 2012 at 03:20pm IST

New Delhi: To commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Spanish painter Juan Gris, the third Musketeer of Cubism (Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were the other two) Google has painted a cubist doodle on its home page.

José Victoriano González, better known as Juan Gris (his pseudonym), was an important exponent of the second phase of cubism known as High Cubism and his dominant style was Synthetic Cubism.

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The abstract art of Cubism was the 20th century's most revolutionary art movement.

Google doodles Juan Gris' 125th birthday

Google does a cubist doodle for Spanish painter Juan Gris' 125th birthday. (Google)

Juan Gris was born on March 23, 1887, in Madrid, Spain and died at a young age of 40 on May 11, 1927 in Boulogne-sur-Seine, France.

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Gris' Spanish roots are reflected in his paintings in which the guitar is a recurring theme and so are fruits and newspapers. The Google doodle in his honour also incorporates these three elements.

Google doodles have often celebrated noted painters. Gris' contemporary and compatriot Pablo Picasso's 121st birthday was celebrated with a Google doodle on October 25, 2002. Other legendary painters whose anniversaries have been observed on the Google home page include Vincet van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci.

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The Google doodle commemorating Juan Gris's 125th birthday is, according to our calculations, the 1340th Google doodle since the first ever on for the Burning Man Festival back on August 30, 1998.

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