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Four Seasons

1977 Harvey K. Littleton Born: Corning, New York 1922 Died: Spruce Pine, North Carolina 2013 glass overall: 5 3/8 x 10 1/4 x 10 1/8 in. (13.7 x 26.1 x 25.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Paul and Elmerina Parkman © 1977, Harvey K. Littleton 1991.172A-P Not currently on view


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“When the artist lifts his blowpipe, he must be prepared to intervene with all his aptitude, training, form-sense, as well as physical and mental energy. Everything he knows converges at once on this curious scene reenacted millions of times in human history: a man breathing his desire into the molten glass.” Harvey Littleton, Glass Magazine, 1998

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Four Seasons is part of a group of work known as “eye” cups. Harvey Littleton encases thin layers of color within thick glass to form four sets of concentric circles, each representing a different season. Each piece has been made separately and can be moved around to create unusual color combinations and oblique angles.

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Allegory - season

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