Eric Fischl, What Stands between the Artist and..., 1994, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, 1995.93
Fischl painted a violent contrast between the rich, dark surfaces of the leather sofa and the woman's white flesh. The figure sprawls as though she has been thrown to the ground, and her hands are clenched, as if she had fought against someone. But there are not enough particulars to explain what has happened, and the act of trying to understand makes us linger too long, as though at the scene of a crime.
Fischl once said that "America's not Disneyland and we can't deny it any longer. Things smell, things have edges, people can get hurt." Standing before this painting puts us in the position not only of failing to understand but of considering possibilities we are not supposed to entertain.
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
What Stands between the Artist and...
- Not on view
72 1/4 x 54 1/8 in. (183.5 x 137.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program
- Mediums Description
- oil on canvas
- Object – art object – painting
- Object – furniture – couch
- State of being – emotion – anger
- Object – art tool – artist's brush
- Figure female – nude
- Figure female – full length
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