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1983 Sean Scully Born: Dublin, Ireland 1945 oil on canvas 89 3/8 × 119 1/2 × 9 1/2 in. (227.0 × 303.5 × 24.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 1983, Sean Scully 2004.1A-C Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, East Wing

Gallery Label

Sean Scully says that his stripes "push out into the world, trying to be more than paintings." He thinks of color and light as expressions of life, and his multipaneled works are meant to affect the viewer physically as well as spiritually. Scully titled this oil after the famous triptych by Duccio, a Sienese painter of the thirteenth century. The power of Duccio's painting emanates from the ranks of angels, saints, and donors surrounding the Virgin, much as Scully's stripes, in contrasting lights and darks, seem to vibrate outward into the viewer's space. The thickly painted bars pushing in different directions suggest a crowd of people, making the triptych the kind of physical event the artist strived for.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006


Abstract - geometric


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Sean Scully

Born: Dublin, Ireland 1945

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