Figural Composition #2

  • George McNeil, Figural Composition #2, 1932, oil on paper mounted on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.68

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George McNeil created this image while studying with Hans Hofmann at the Art Students League. He recalled that Hofmann taught him to emphasize the two dimensions of the canvas even as he evoked the three dimensions of the world. (George McNeil, Expressionism, Exhibition Catalogue, 1984) Here, the vague form of a seated figure emerges from a pattern of rectangles, and the bright colors and thick layers of paint create a vibrant surface over the entire canvas.

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"I improvised abstractions from objects and energies seen in space." McNeil, George McNeil, Abstractscapes and Figures, Exhibition Catalogue, 1985

Title
Figural Composition #2
Artist
Date
1932
On View
Dimensions
sheet and mount: 25 x 19 in. (63.5 x 48.3 cm.)
mount: 25 x 19 in. (63.5 x 48.3 cm.)

Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on paper mounted on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1986.92.68
Palette
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