Wakeby Night

Wakeby Night
Michael Mazur, 1983
color monotype and pastel, 182.9 x 346.7 cm
(72 x 136 1/2 in.) (overall triptych), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Halff, Jr., Judith Ross and Kurt & Kim Butenhoff, and Museum purchase through the Lucita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mazur Biography

Michael Mazur moved into the realm of the mural in his ambitious Wakeby Day/Wakeby Night monotypes. Conceived as a triptych, the work was inspired by the artist's memories of Wakeby Lake on Cape Cod. The double vision conveyed by the inset within the larger image has been described as an "attempt to recapture the light, cold, shape and experience of a summer landscape recalled in the midst of winter." The inset panel of Wakeby Night suggests a daytime view of the same scene, a device through which the artist expresses the passage of time, the cyclical rhythms of nature, and the multiple layers of a single experience.

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