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ca. 1951 David Smith Born: Decatur, Indiana 1906 Died: Albany, New York 1965 ink and tempera on paper sheet: 18 1/4 x 23 1/4 in. (46.3 x 59.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1979.104 Not currently on view


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Smith made drawings throughout his career, often as studies for sculpture, but occasionally as independent works of art. In this simply rendered landscape, abstract lines suggest organic forms and lively motion, like birds in flight and trees swaying in the wind. The touches of blue tempera enliven the lines and declare this drawing to be one of his intentionally finished pieces.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009

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