Google Doodles 125th Anniversary Of Cubist Painter Juan Gris

Juan Gris, or José Victoriano Carmelo Carlos González-Pérez, to give him his full name, was a Spanish painter (and sculptor) who was born on this day in 1887.

To celebrate his 125th birthday, Google has produced a commemorative doodle on its search home page. The doodle itself is a colourful and chaotic example of cubist imagery, paying homage to Gris who is regarded as a pioneer of cubism.

While not a fancy interactive doodle, it is nonetheless strangely compelling to stare at (or maybe we just have too much time on our hands).

Gris was born in Madrid, but soon moved to Paris where he met and befriended Henri Matisse. Initially he worked on cartoons for newspapers, but soon felt compelled to paint and develop his cubist style.

He was also influenced by Picasso - that slightly more famous exponent of cubism - who he painted a portrait of in 1912. Gris soon developed his own style, composing his paintings as an architect would design a building.

In the 1920s, he moved into other facets of the arts, such as sculpture, and even designing ballet sets and costumes for the Ballets Russes.

Gris passed away in 1927, aged 40. His piece, "Violon et guitare", sold for almost $29 million in 2010.