This Cubist Mixed Media Framed Painting on Board, believed to originate from the 1930s to 1950s, is a captivating enigma of the art world. Although unsigned, its style strongly resonates with the aesthetics of renowned Spanish artist Juan Gris, a contemporary and close associate of Pablo Picasso. The geometric abstraction and innovative approach to composition bear a striking resemblance to Gris’s work.
Conversely, the piece also evokes the spirit of the famous Armenian-born American artist Arshile Gorky, who operated within the same time frame and employed a similar technique. A closer examination, possibly in comparison with Gorky’s works at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, particularly in the Kinder Museum Building, could offer crucial insights.
This painting’s recent re-framing adds to its mystique. Academic research may hold the key to unraveling the mystery behind its origins and the fascinating confluence of artistic influences that shaped its creation.