Exercise on Cubism, Griss’s “Portrait of Picasso” (1912) Unfinsihed
Pencil on Paper. A study on “Portrait of Picasso” by Juan Griss, 1912. The original is an oil on canvas belonging to the movement of “analytical cubism”. As with Braq and Picasso, in Griss’s work the presence of self-lighted cells create a micro-environment that transcends between subject and surrounding space. The process creates a result where space-time continuum is broken. An excellent example of this can be seen in Duchamp’s painting “Nude descending staircase” where the object apart from being able to be seen from different perspectives it also appears to be seen at different points of time. The term itself “Analytical Cubism” belongs to Griss himself who right after this proceeded to “Synthetic Cubism”. In music, by personal judgment, an example of analytical cubism is the piece by Charles Mingus “A Fogy Day“, track two of the album “Pithecantropus Erectus”, a G. Gerswin track, Mingus attempts to insert in to the music piece sounds of the environment, traffic, horns, etc, but in a tonality that merges with the musical theme.