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Artist
Herbert Gentry, American, 1919–2003
Date
1990
Material
Watercolor and gouache
Possibly made in
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Drawings & watercolors
Current Location
On View, Gallery 235
Dimensions
image: 25 5/8 × 22 1/4 in. (65.1 × 56.5 cm)
sheet: 29 1/2 × 22 1/4 in. (74.9 × 56.5 cm)
framed: 33 1/8 × 25 1/8 × 2 in. (84.1 × 63.8 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie
Rights
© Mary Anne Rose and the Estate of Herbert Gentry
Object Number
151:2017
NOTES
Herbert Gentry created dream-like fantasy worlds, populated by totems and mask-like faces emerging from a tangle of color contours. A devoted abstractionist, Gentry studied with the French cubist painter Georges Braque and American abstract expressionist artist Beauford Delaney. Gentry retained the figure as a means “to see form.” Above all, Gentry insisted his images be allowed to unfold freely without plan, relying on “a certain spontaneity” where his “subconscious plays a great role.”
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