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article imageGoogle doodle celebrates Juan Gris

By Amanda Payne     Mar 23, 2012 in Entertainment
Google has honoured the Spanish surrealist painter Juan Gris with a doodle to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the artist's birth in Madrid. The search engine's logo has been turned into a cubist artwork in the style of the painter.
March 23 Google doodle is celebrating the artist, as it has several other cultural figures over the years. According to the Guardian, the doodle features stylised musical instruments, popular images for the artist. His work 'Violin y Guitare' was auctioned in New York for over twenty eight million US dollars in 2010.
The Metro reports that Gris' real name was José Victoriano Carmelo Carlos González-Pérez and he was born in Madrid in 1887. He studied art in Spain before moving to Paris to continue his career. He was friends with the likes of Matisse, Modigliani and, of course Spain's most famous painter of the age, Pablo Picasso. He died at the young age of forty in France of chronic kidney failure, leaving a wife and young son.
Among his most famous works are a portrait of his mentor, Pablo Picasso, painted in 1912, several works featuring guitars and paintings of Harlequins, often featuring guitars. As well as his painting, he was also involved in designing sets and costumes for Sergei Diaghilev and his famous Ballets Russes.
His paintings can be seen in a number of modern art museums such as the Tate in London, The Queen Sofia Museum in Madrid and the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, USA
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