Lady in Blue and Yellow Dress

  • Viola Frey, Lady in Blue and Yellow Dress, 1983, glazed earthenware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 1994.37.2A-G

Luce Center Label
Viola Frey once said that she sculpted figures because in her hometown of Lodi, California, there was nothing else to portray but the women in printed dresses walking through town on Sundays. Lady in Blue and Yellow Dress also recalls the Asian and pre-Columbian sculptures that the artist admired (Viola Frey, exhibition catalogue, Fresno Art Museum, 1991). The figure makes a gesture with her hands that in Japanese and Chinese statuary symbolizes speaking or singing.
Luce Object Quote
"I don't like things that are slick. I like things with a little bit of awkwardness." The artist, quoted in Viola Frey, exhibition catalogue, Fresno Art Museum, 1991
Title
Lady in Blue and Yellow Dress
Artist
Date
1983
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
overall: approx. 107 x 28 x 33 in. (271.8 x 71.1 x 83.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Mediums
Mediums Description
glazed earthenware
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
Object Number
1994.37.2A-G
Palette
Linked Open Data
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