Abstraction

  • Rosalind Bengelsdorf, Abstraction, 1938, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.10

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Rosalind Bengelsdorf believed that “energy and form are inseparable,” and created paintings that expressed her interest in physical science. Here, the round, cell-like shape at the bottom of the image contrasts with the rigid lines that divide the canvas. The bright primary colors and simple shapes express the artist’s wish to “tear . . . apart” nature into its basic forms and reconstruct the pieces into something new (Bengelsdorf, “The New Realism,” American Abstract Artists, 1938).

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“[The artist’s] painting expresses the love of life, the form and color of life---a vibrating response to its powerful energy.” Bengelsdorf, “The New Realism,” American Abstract Artists, 1938

Title
Abstraction
Artist
Date
1938
On View
Dimensions
36 x 24 in. (91.5 x 61.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract – geometric
  • New Deal – Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project – New York City
Object Number
1986.92.10
Palette
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