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 Fantomas (Pipe and Newspaper)

1019 x 840 187.2K
187.2K, 1019 x 840

Fantomas
Painted: 1915
Oil on canvas
59.8 x 73.3 cm
National Gallery of Art
Washington

There was a third great Cubist, the Spaniard Juan Gris (1887-1927). He died young and never moved on from the style, though he progressively brightened and clarified it. With this single-mindedness, Gris can be thought of as the one absolute Cubist. Fantômas has a harlequinish gaiety with its shifting planes and witty celebration of newspapers, magazines, and entertainment. With its stylish sophistication, we would never think it was a Braque or Picasso.