by Scholes, Robert
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Juan Gris (1887 - 1927)
He was born in Madrid, the thirteenth child of a rich Castilian merchant. He studied first to be an engineer at the School of Arts and Manufactures in Madrid, which he entered in 1902. By the time he abandoned this for an artistic career he was already contributing illustrations to the reviews Blanco y Negro and Madrid Comico. Moving to Paris in 1906, he quickly became the third leader of the cubist movement, producing carefully balanced images that retain their power very well. His portrait of Picasso is a major achievement.