The Spectral Attitudes

  • Gerome Kamrowski, The Spectral Attitudes, 1941, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.62

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Gerome Kamrowski described his paintings as “science-fiction space” because they expressed elements not usually visible to the human eye, such as temperature, atmosphere, or emotion. He played with the idea of scale, and the swirling colors and patterns in The Spectral Attitudes evoke microscopic plant cells as well as giant cosmic nebulae. Kamrowski did not intend for his titles to have actual meanings, and often chose adjectives and nouns at random (Maurer and Bayles, “Interview with the artist,” 1983, Gerome Kamrowski: A Retrospective Exhibition, University of Michigan Museum of Art). But the strange amorphous figures in this image do resemble specters, floating between the layers of translucent paint as if waiting to be released.

Title
The Spectral Attitudes
Artist
Date
1941
On View
Dimensions
35 x 30 in. (88.9 x 76.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Figure group
Object Number
1986.92.62
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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