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"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."--Edith Wharton, "Vesalius in Zante," 1902. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

1975 Ellen Lanyon Born: Chicago, Illinois 1926 Died: New York, New York 2013 acrylic on canvas 38 1/2 x 48 1/8 in. (97.8 x 122.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America 1984.124.169 Not currently on view


Keywords

Animal - insect - moth

Dress - accessory - handkerchief

Figure - fragment - hand

Object - flower - rose

Object - furniture - mirror

Object - other - candlestick

painting

paint - acrylic

fabric - canvas

About Ellen Lanyon

Born: Chicago, Illinois 1926 Died: New York, New York 2013

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