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Artist
Herbert Gentry, American, 1919–2003
Date
c.1989
Material
Watercolor and gouache
Possibly made in
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Drawings & watercolors
Current Location
On View, Gallery 235
Dimensions
22 3/8 × 30 in. (56.8 × 76.2 cm)
framed: 26 5/8 × 34 5/8 × 2 in. (67.6 × 87.9 × 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
152:2017
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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