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Juan Gris was a Spanish painter who spent most of his active period in France. His works are among the most distinctive in the cubist style. During his active years, he was closely connected to the revolutionary artistic genre known as Cubism. His work is also one of the most recognizable in the Cubist style. 

Gris began painting seriously in the early 1910s, and soon developed his own distinctive style, combining classical and modern influences. He exhibited his first painting at the Salon des Independants in 1912. After World War I, he moved to Boulogne, where he created stage sets for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. He also produced a number of book illustrations and wrote extensively on cubist theory.

In 1912, Gris moved to Paris, where he met Picasso and the surrealists. Gris was particularly drawn to the art of painters such as Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, and his friends Max Jacob and Fernand Leger were particularly influential. During the 1920s, Gris also exhibited his work in a variety of galleries and museums, including the National Gallery of Spain. In addition to his work in the gallery world, Juan gris's art was widely collected and admired.

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