1961 – Number 3

Media - 1969.47.9 - SAAM-1969.47.9_1 - 63272
Copied Ralston Crawford, 1961--Number 3, 1961, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 1969.47.9

Artwork Details

Title
1961 – Number 3
Date
1961
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
4530 in. (114.376.3 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1969.47.9

Artwork Description

During the 1950s and '60s, Ralston Crawford's paintings became more abstract as he filled the picture plane with dramatically cropped shapes, reducing shadows and details to blocks of color. But even these abstract works remained rooted in the world around him, and the geometric, hard-edged composition of 1961--Number 3 appears to show a distorted view from a window. The dashes of white paint in the narrow black rectangle resemble a road seen from above, and the thin intersecting lines near the bottom evoke the shadow cast by sunlight through a window frame. The shapes suggest different viewpoints, as if Crawford combined fragments from different paintings into one kaleidoscopic image.