Bridges 2012 Regular Paper
Juan Gris' Compositional Symmetry Transformations
(Proceedings pages 283–290)
Cubist painter, Juan Gris, developed his compositions with at least
four types of symmetry transformation. Unlike any other Modern
artist, Gris rooted the radical and disorienting innovations of
Cubist space in compositional traditions of symmetry. Through close
analyses of works representative of the main phases of Gris' painting,
the author demonstrates how symmetry operations were at the foundation
of the artist's compositional methods and how those methods evolved.
Translations, rotations, reflections, and glide reflections not
only account for visual composition, but they also form the basis
for Gris' creative objective of "visual poetry."