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Abstract painting in bright yellow, green, and orange. Undulating, visible brushstrokes give the surface a bright yet dusty and layered effect.

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  • Abstract painting in bright yellow, green, and orange. Undulating, visible brushstrokes give the surface a bright yet dusty and layered effect.

Date:

1965

Artist:

Beauford Delaney
American, 1901–1979

About this artwork

After living and working for years in New York, where he painted in a boldly expressionistic figurative style (see his Self-Portrait, 1991.27), Beauford Delaney moved to Paris in 1953, seeking greater personal and artistic freedom. There he joined a group of African American expatriates, including Richard Wright and James Baldwin, and embraced abstraction, producing works that explore different effects of color and light. This composition features a vibrant yellow palette typical of Delaney’s work; yellow was his preferred hue, and it carried associations with the sun and held a personal, spiritual significance. Interweaving the yellow with green and orange pigments, he created a lyrical, tapestry-like effect of layered brushwork.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Beauford Delaney

Title

Untitled

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1965

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

53.3 × 66 cm (21 × 26 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Clarence S. Wilson Jr. and Helena Chapellín Wilson

Reference Number

1992.282

Extended information about this artwork

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