Figural Composition #2
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
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
About George McNeil
Born: New York, New York 1908 Died: New York, New York 1995
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