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Bone, Cup and Crab Apple

1972 Bruce Kurland Born: New York, New York 1938 Died: Buffalo, New York 2013 oil on fiberboard 8 1/8 x 10 in. (20.6 x 25.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.94 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 45A


Luce Center Quote

"One of the greatest evidences of life is change. The petals of a flower might get brown, nothing stays the same, nothing is still---only in pictures." The artist, quoted in Bruce Kurland: Watercolors and Paintings, Claude Bernard Gallery, 1986

Luce Center Label

Bruce Kurland painted this still life while he was living in the town of Curriers in Wyoming County, New York. He felt that the city offered dismal prospects for a representational painter and moved to the countryside, where he painted images that focused on simple objects "being revealed by light." Here, the dried bone, shriveled crab apple, and rusty cup emphasize the transformation of both natural and manmade materials over time. The dark, empty background highlights the delicacy and transitory nature of these strange objects.

Keywords

Animal - other - skeleton

Still life - fruit - apple

Still life - other - dish

painting

paint - oil

fiberboard

About Bruce Kurland

Born: New York, New York 1938 Died: Buffalo, New York 2013

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