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Cauliflower

1967 Hedda Sterne Born: Bucharest, Romania 1910 Died: New York, New York 2011 synthetic polymer: acrylic on fabric: canvas 72 x 54 1/8 in. (83.0 x 37.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Madge Blumencranz 1975.84 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 42B


Luce Center Quote

"I believe that simplicity is an invention of man. Nature is never simple. And, the habit of careful study of the visual immediate opens our eyes to the presence of mystery in the seemingly obvious." The artist, quoted in Uninterrupted Flux: Hedda Sterne, A Retrospective, 2006

Luce Center Label

In her 1967 painting, Cauliflower, Hedda Sterne removed the vegetable from its usual setting and blew up the image to a monumental size, giving us what has often been described as a "worm's perspective." Sterne painted the image on unprimed canvas. As a result the paint seeped into the fabric in unexpected ways. The resulting soft lines and varying tones mimic the natural asymmetry of a head of cauliflower, highlighting the beauty that can be found upon close examination.

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About Hedda Sterne

Born: Bucharest, Romania 1910 Died: New York, New York 2011

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