Composition

  • Albert Eugene Gallatin, Composition, 1937, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.25

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Albert Eugene Gallatin rarely titled his paintings, preferring instead to give them just a number and a date. By doing this, he recorded the progress of his work in the same way a scientist might document a series of experiments. Composition evokes a still life of unidentifiable objects arranged on an oval tabletop. Gallatin overlapped simple shapes and delicate lines to suggest a precarious balance between the forms, as if one nudge might cause the entire structure to topple.

Title
Composition
Artist
Date
1937
On View
Dimensions
12 5/16 x 10 3/16 in. (31.3 x 25.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract – geometric
Object Number
1986.92.25
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