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William Baziotes
Scepter
1960–61
oil
66 x 78 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.



William Baziotes creates an aquatic realm of atmospheric colors. A stately, scepter-like form contrasts with an amoeboid shape, while an apparition of spidery proto-life, suspended like a bent-wire mobile, completes this primordial vision.