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1992 April Gornik Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1953 oil on linen 90 x 76 in. (228.6 x 193.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James F. Dicke Family © 1992, April Gornik 2013.88.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, East Wing

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A virga is a meteorological phenomenon in which precipitation falls from a cloud but evaporated before reaching the ground. April Gornik brings this rare weather event to life in storm clouds that hover over a placid body of water. The pale yellow light between earth and clouds is both bright and brooding, suffusing the scene with a haunting glow. Gornik's expansive, unpeopled landscape is a record of nature and a personal memory.


Waterscape - weather - storm


paint - oil

fabric - linen