Cauliflower

Media - 1975.84 - SAAM-1975.84_1 - 65293
Copied Hedda Sterne, Cauliflower, 1967, synthetic polymer: acrylic on fabric: canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Madge Blumencranz, 1975.84

Artwork Details

Title
Cauliflower
Artist
Date
1967
Dimensions
7254 18 in. (83.037.4 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Madge Blumencranz
Mediums Description
synthetic polymer: acrylic on fabric: canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1975.84

Artwork Description

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