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Central Density

1973 Werner Drewes Born: Canig, Germany 1899 Died: Reston, Virginia 1985 oil on canvas 39 3/4 x 33 3/4 in. (101 x 85.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.116 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 43A


Luce Center Quote

"I am a painter and in love with color and its many tonalities." Werner Drewes, Woodcuts, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, 1969

Luce Center Label

Werner Drewes experimented with printmaking his entire life, but considered himself primarily a painter. In Central Density the diagonal lines create a sense of depth, leading from the edges of the canvas to a converging point in the center. The composition evokes mirrors placed at different angles, reflecting and refracting chunks of colored light. It is easy to imagine getting lost in this maze of color, because we cannot tell what is "real" and what is a reflection.

Keywords

Abstract - geometric

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Werner Drewes

Born: Canig, Germany 1899 Died: Reston, Virginia 1985

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