Cauliflower

  • Hedda Sterne, Cauliflower, 1967, synthetic polymer: acrylic on fabric: canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Madge Blumencranz, 1975.84

Luce Center Label

In her 1967 painting, Cauliflower, Hedda Sterne removed the vegetable from its usual setting and blew up the image to a monumental size, giving us what has often been described as a "worm's perspective." Sterne painted the image on unprimed canvas. As a result the paint seeped into the fabric in unexpected ways. The resulting soft lines and varying tones mimic the natural asymmetry of a head of cauliflower, highlighting the beauty that can be found upon close examination.

Luce Object Quote

"I believe that simplicity is an invention of man. Nature is never simple. And, the habit of careful study of the visual immediate opens our eyes to the presence of mystery in the seemingly obvious." The artist, quoted in Uninterrupted Flux: Hedda Sterne, A Retrospective, 2006

Title
Cauliflower
Artist
Date
1967
On View
Dimensions
72 x 54 1/8 in. (83.0 x 37.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Madge Blumencranz

Mediums Description
synthetic polymer: acrylic on fabric: canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1975.84
Palette
Linked Open Data
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