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Nineteen Twenty-Nine

1961 Nathan Oliveira Born: Oakland, California 1928 Died: Palo Alto, California 2010 oil on canvas 54 1/8 x 50 1/8 in. (137.4 x 127.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. 1969.47.34 Not currently on view


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Nineteen Twenty-Nine is a painting of Oliveira’s mother drawn from the artist’s memory and imagination. The composition and alternating colors create an unsettling sense of a time just before the 1929 stock market crash devastated his immigrant Portuguese family. In speaking of his early career, Oliveira reflected, “My concern was to use the language of the abstract expressionists, the gesture of the pigment, and somehow put it together to represent the human figure, to restate classical subjects. I built figures out of the pigment gestures themselves.”


Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008



Keywords

Abstract

Dress - historic - twenties dress

Figure female

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Nathan Oliveira

Born: Oakland, California 1928 Died: Palo Alto, California 2010

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