Born: New York, New York 1916
Died: New York, New York 1979
oil on canvas 36 x 24 in. (91.5 x 61.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 40B
Luce Center Quote
“[The artist’s] painting expresses the love of life, the form and color of life---a vibrating response to its powerful energy.” Bengelsdorf, “The New Realism,” American Abstract Artists, 1938
Luce Center Label
Rosalind Bengelsdorf believed that “energy and form are inseparable,” and created paintings that expressed her interest in physical science. Here, the round, cell-like shape at the bottom of the image contrasts with the rigid lines that divide the canvas. The bright primary colors and simple shapes express the artist’s wish to “tear . . . apart” nature into its basic forms and reconstruct the pieces into something new (Bengelsdorf, “The New Realism,” American Abstract Artists, 1938).
Abstract - geometric
New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - New York City
paint - oil
fabric - canvas
About Rosalind Bengelsdorf
Born: New York, New York 1916 Died: New York, New York 1979
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