Platanal

  • Myrna Báez, Platanal, 1974, acrylic on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jaime Fonalledas, 2013.21

Exhibition Label
Báez focused her gaze on a lush field of plantain trees, a crop long wedded to concepts of Puerto Rican identity and sovereignty. She depicted the crop’s large leaves as they reflect the tropical sun and delighted in her manipulation of paint on unprimed canvas. Báez’s belief in Puerto Rican independence manifests in her impulse to look, depict, and therefore possess the island’s landscape on her own terms.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Title
Platanal
Artist
Date
1974
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
45 x 35 in. (114.3 x 88.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Jaime Fonalledas

Mediums Description
acrylic on canvas
Classifications
Object Number
2013.21
Palette
Linked Open Data
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