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Cuban Art Juan Gil GarcíaJuan Gil García
Period: Early Republic
1876 - 1932

Cesta con Flores
Basket with Flowers, 1924
oil on canvas
26 3/8 x 38 5/8 inches

Juan Gil García (1876- 1932) was born in Madrid, Spain and moved to Cuba near the close of the 19th century. On the Island he developed, with his canvases, the theme of the national landscape along with that of the fruits and flowers of the country. His painting was the first in Cuba to confer great relevance to the local fruits, expressing, through their opulent and savory forms, the sensuality and fertility of his adoptive homeland. In 1917, The Bohemian Magazine granted him seven cover pages, reproducing his artworks Cocos (Coconuts), Anones (Sugar apples), Mangos, (Mangoes), Zapotes (Sapodilla), Naranjas (Oranges), Plátanos (Bananas) and Mameyes (Sapotes). In 1916 and 1917, he exhibited at the Fine Arts Salon in Havana. Forgotten since before his death, it wasn’t until May of 1971 that his first personal exhibit was arranged at the Museo de Arte Colonial (Colonial Art Museum) in Havana. In November of 1993, the Morgenstern Gallery in Miami, FL organized an exhibit of his work from the Ramiro Casanas private collection.


Gil García – as he was called- was a highly prolific painter who developed a vast quantity of work of which a good selection is preserved at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) in Havana. The Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences in Florida also holds some of his paintings in its permanent collection, which has traveled to museums in cities across the State including Pensacola, Key West and Orlando. The artist passed away during the nineteen thirties, probably on May 4, 1932.

 
 

Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Anones
(Sugar Apples)

Juan Gil García
ca. 1917
oil on canvas
17 x 39 1/2 inches
00255
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Anones
(Sugar Apples)

Juan Gil García
ca. 1917
oil on canvas
13 3/4 x 27 3/4 inches
00201
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Arreglo Floral
(Bouquet of Flowers)

Juan Gil García
1919
oil on canvas
13 1/2 x 27 1/4 inches
00851
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Bodegón de Naranjas y Cocos
(Still Life with Oranges and Coconuts)

Juan Gil García
1918
oil on canvas
14 x 28 inches
04827
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García Búcaro con Dalias y Rosas
(Vase with Dahlias and Roses)

Juan Gil García
ca. 1921
oil on canvas
19 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches
00330

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Cuban Art Juan Gil García Búcaro con Flores Secas
(Vase with Dry Flowers)

Juan Gil García
ca. 1922
oil on canvas
31 x15 1/2 inches
00508

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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Búcaro con Rosas y Dalias
(Flower Vase with Roses and Dahlias)

Juan Gil García
1921
oil on canvas
20 1/8 x 29 7/8 inches
00331
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Canasta de Frutas con Mameyes Pellizcados
(Basket of Fruits with Pinched Sapotes)

Juan Gil García
1924
oil on canvas
13 1/2 x 27 1/4 inches
00852
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Cesta con Anones y Aguacates
(Basket with Sugar Apples and Avocadoes

Juan Gil García
1923
oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 40 1/8 inches
00333
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Cesta con Flores
(Basket with Flowers)

Juan Gil García
1924
oil on canvas
26 3/8 x 38 5/8 inches
00326
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García Cesta y Claveles
(Basket and Carnations)

Juan Gil García
ca. 1915
oil on canvas
31 x 15 inches
00503

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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Cocos, Naranjas y Periódico
(Coconuts, Oranges and Newspaper)

Juan Gil García
1926
oil on canvas
14 x 27 3/4 inches
04702
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Cocos
(Coconuts)

Juan Gil García
1918
oil on canvas
23 5/8 x 39 3/4 inches
00395
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Crepúsculo
(Twilight)

Juan Gil García
1923
oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 40 1/8 inches
00324
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Crisantemos
(Chrysanthemums)

Juan Gil García
1925
oil on canvas
26 1/2 x 38 1/4 inches
00231
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Florero y Frutas
(Flower Vase and Fruits)

Juan Gil García
1920
oil on canvas
22 1/2 x 38 1/4 inches
00850
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Flores
(Flowers)

Juan Gil García
1919
oil on canvas
17 3/4 x 39 3/4 inches
00306
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Frutas del País
(Fruits of the Island)

Juan Gil García
1929
oil on canvas
13 1/2 x 28 inches
00132
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Frutas
(Fruits)

Juan Gil García
ca. 1918
oil on canvas
14 3/4 x 28 1/2 inches
C0089
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Frutas
(Fruits)

Juan Gil García
1921
oil on canvas
16 x 36 1/2 inches
00854
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García Jarra y Rosas
(Vase and Roses)

Juan Gil García
ca. 1920
oil on canvas
27 x 13 1/2 inches
00504

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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Laguna y Lomas
(Lagoon and Hills)

Juan Gil García
1925
oil on canvas
26 3/8 x 38 5/8 inches
00323
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Lento Amanecer
(Slow Dawn)

Juan Gil García
1915
oil on canvas
19 3/4 x 30 inches
01977
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Mangos, Coco y Jarrón
(Mangos, Coconut, and Carafe)

Juan Gil García
1925
oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 37 1/2 inches
00858
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Naranjas y Coco
(Oranges and Coconut)

Juan Gil García
1920
oil on canvas
14 3/4 x 29 5/8 inches
00254
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Paisaje con Bohío y Río
(Landscape with Hut and River)

Juan Gil García
1922
oil on canvas
16 3/4 x 38 1/2 inches
00154
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Paisaje con Bohío
(Landscape with Hut)

Juan Gil García
1930
oil on canvas
11 x 16 inches
00030
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Paisaje con Río y Amanecer
(Landscape with River at Daybreak)

Juan Gil García
1923
oil on canvas
18 x 40 inches
00334
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Paisaje y Palmas
(Landscape and Palms)

Juan Gil García
1929
oil on canvas
8 x 10 1/2 inches
00151
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Racimo de Cocos
(Coconuts on Bough)

Juan Gil García
1920
oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 40 1/8 inches
00327
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Río Guama
(Guama River)

Juan Gil García
1921
oil on canvas
17 1/2 x 39 1/4 inches
00617
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Rosas
(Roses)

Juan Gil García
1918
oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 39 3/4 inches
00328
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Rosas
(Roses)

Juan Gil García
1917
oil on canvas
14 x 27 3/4 inches
00329
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Cuban Art Juan Gil García
Rosas
(Roses)

Juan Gil García
1921
oil on canvas
23 5/8 x 39 3/8 inches
00325
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