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Untitled (Ocean)

A work made of graphite on paper.

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  • A work made of graphite on paper.

Date:

1968

Artist:

Vija Celmins
American, born 1938

About this artwork

Vija Celmins’s subtle reworking of a photograph has imbued this oceanscape with an intimacy in perspective and a univesal timelessness in feeling. She effaced the perpetual flux and infinite quality of the ocean by narrowing the field of vision; by truncating the scene, she isolated a segment of an otherwise vast panorama. A variety of lead densities produces the soft monochromatic forms of the undulating water. Celmins eliminated color and compositional devices, producing a field of pattern and texture-a process evincing the naturalist landscape and abstract expressionist traditions that influenced her work.

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Artist

Vija Celmins

Title

Untitled (Ocean)

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1968

Medium

Graphite on paper

Dimensions

355 × 475 mm (sight)

Credit Line

Gift of Lannan Foundation

Reference Number

1997.106

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