Primeval wall ("A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."), from the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1912
Died: New York, New York 1963
oil on canvas 24 1/4 x 30 3/8 in. (61.6 x 77.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 42A
Luce Center Quote
“A few brushstrokes start me off on a labyrinthian journey [and] I am led to a more real reality.” Baziotes, William Baziotes: A Retrospective Exhibition, 1978
Luce Center Label
William Baziotes created Primeval Wall for the advertising campaign “Great Ideas of Western Man” for the Container Corporation of America. He didn’t want to clarify the meaning of the imagery, but preferred to evoke “strangeness and otherworldliness” with his choice of titles (“An Interview with William Baziotes,” Perspective No. 2, 1956-57). Here, the two pale forms resemble microscopic cells enlarged to vast proportions. The soft outlines and subdued, blurred colors create a dreamlike scene of twisting shapes, floating in some ethereal substance.
paint - oil
fabric - canvas
About William Baziotes
Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1912 Died: New York, New York 1963