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Untitled

Artist
Norman Lewis, American, 1909–1979
Date
1966
Material
Oil
Probably made in
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Drawings & watercolors
Current Location
On View, Gallery 235
Dimensions
18 × 24 in. (45.7 × 61 cm)
framed: 23 1/8 × 29 1/8 × 2 in. (58.7 × 74 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie
Rights
© The Estate of Norman W. Lewis; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Object Number
167:2017
NOTES
Amorphous fields of color create a hazy atmosphere in this experimental painting on paper. Norman Lewis spent most of his life in Harlem and regularly visited galleries and museums around New York City, where he absorbed influences from the art he encountered. He admired a range of styles. In this work, he combined methods of applying paint: both wet-on-wet, wherein water-saturated paper causes colors to bleed into one another, as well as drybrush, an effect achieved by lightly sweeping a brush with minimal pigment over dry paper.
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