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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

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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