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Artist Juan Gris is the latest Google Doodle art star [video]

March 23, 2012 | 12:18 pm

Juan Gris Google Doodle

Google has a gained a reputation for offering users a quick artistic education. Today's Google Doodle is dedicated to Spanish artist Juan Gris on the 125th anniversary of his birth.

Gris was born in Madrid on March 23, 1887, and followed the lead of more celebrated Cubist counterparts Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

Gris found recognition in his own right in part because of his portrait of Picasso exhibited in 1912, although the two may have had some friction in their relationship. Instead of showcasing "Homage to Picasso," Google opted for a rendering of a trio of Gris' works melding guitars, violins and mandolins in place of the search engine’s logo.

A week ago, Akira Yoshizawa was a Google Doodle honoree. The origami artist, who would have turned 101 on March 14, was known for turning paper and water into elaborate sculptures. And late last year, Google Doodle honored the artist and social activist Diego Rivera on what would have been his 125th birthday.

Watch below for a 50-second video that tells more about Friday’s Gris/Google collaboration and a few facts on how Cubism came to be.



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— Jamie Wetherbe

Photo: A screen shot of the Google Doodle featuring Juan Gris' works. Credit: