Modern Cycle

  • Grace Hartigan, Modern Cycle, 1967, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection, 1980.137.33

Engine parts, a headlight, gas tank, and handle bars are intermingled with a zippered motorcycle jacket sleeve, a rider, women’s legs, and other less identifiable forms in Modern Cycle. Hartigan, then a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, explained her choice of subject: My male students at the time were obsessed with motorcycles—one even kept his in his studio—and out of sheer self-preservation I bought a poster of Brando on a bike and Peter Fonda, some cycle magazines, pinned them on my painting wall and Modern Cycle was the result. It is, incidentally, one of my favorite paintings.”

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
Title
Modern Cycle
Artist
Date
1967
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
78 12108 12 in. (199.4275.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Figure
Object Number
1980.137.33
Palette
Linked Open Data
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