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Juan Gris's "Fruit Dish, Glass, and Newspaper"
12017-03-29T12:20:16-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5c1562391916, oil on canvas, 13 x 18 1/4 in, SC 1923:2-1, Gift of Joseph Brummerplain2017-04-19T17:02:37-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5c
12017-03-08T17:43:24-08:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5cDonated by a patronSamantha Page10structured_gallery2017-04-26T10:52:29-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5c
12017-03-28T10:52:43-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5cOn View - Third FloorSamantha Page7Works of art currently on view on the SCMA's Third Floorstructured_gallery2017-04-20T14:00:13-07:00Samantha Page4d4aad3cbb232d6b14d08c9a79a502129237df5c
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12017-03-08T17:43:24-08:00Donated by a patron6structured_gallery2017-04-19T16:16:13-07:00The SCMA--like all museums--don't have endless amounts of cash, so it relies on gifts to add things to its collection. Sometimes gifts come right from the artist, and sometimes they come from "patrons," people who like the museum and want to support its success.
In the early 1900s, a man named Joseph Brummer donated art (specifically modern art) to the SCMA. This cutting edge new work, seen in Juan Gris's Fruit Dish, Glass, and Newspaper (1916), helped the SCMA start to fill a gap and strengthen the collection.