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Figural Composition #2

1932 George McNeil Born: New York, New York 1908 Died: New York, New York 1995 oil on paper mounted on wood sheet and mount: 25 x 19 in. (63.5 x 48.3 cm.) mount: 25 x 19 in. (63.5 x 48.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost 1986.92.68 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 43A

Luce Center Quote

"I improvised abstractions from objects and energies seen in space." McNeil, George McNeil, Abstractscapes and Figures, Exhibition Catalogue, 1985

Luce Center Label

George McNeil created this image while studying with Hans Hofmann at the Art Students League. He recalled that Hofmann taught him to emphasize the two dimensions of the canvas even as he evoked the three dimensions of the world. (George McNeil, Expressionism, Exhibition Catalogue, 1984) Here, the vague form of a seated figure emerges from a pattern of rectangles, and the bright colors and thick layers of paint create a vibrant surface over the entire canvas.




paint - oil

paper - laid paper