Untitled (Bathroom)

  • Peter Saul, Untitled (Bathroom), 1961, pastel crayon and collage on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Gene Davis Memorial Fund, 2009.19, © 1961, Peter Saul

Exhibition Label
Early in his career, Peter Saul abandoned abstract expressionism in favor of vigorous figuration with vulgar and violent subject matter. He lived in Paris from 1958 to 1962, and reacted against the refinement and pretention of the art world both in Europe and in the United States. He adopted the stance of an intellectual outsider and provocateur, drawing and painting ordinary objects in his apartment – iceboxes, bathroom fixtures, food, knives – with carefree abandon. In this drawing, body parts strewn about and blood-colored water, depicted with cartoonlike spontaneity, create a mood of slapstick violence that characterizes much of his later work.

Abstract Drawings, 2012

Title
Untitled (Bathroom)
Artist
Date
1961
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
19 1/2 x 25 5/8 in. (49.5 x 65.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Gene Davis Memorial Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
pastel crayon and collage on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Interior – domestic – bathroom
Object Number
2009.19
Palette
Linked Open Data
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