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Drawing for Shamen

A work made of graphite frottage, and tempera on ivory tracing paper, hinged to heavy white wove paper.

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  • A work made of graphite frottage, and tempera on ivory tracing paper, hinged to heavy white wove paper.

Date:

1975–76

Artist:

Bill Jensen
American, born 1945

About this artwork

The application of tempera on vellum produces a textured surface on which the pigment is unevenly distributed, leaving areas where the white of the paper underneath is visible. The abstract form occupying the center of the picture space resembles an animal’s paw. The merging of organic and geometric forms and the references to shamanism and the bestial imbue the image with a spirituality reminiscent of Native American beliefs. Bill Jensen’s artwork is characterized by its transcendental quality. His drawings typically serve as studies for and after paintings, making this work a prime example of his working method and style.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Bill Jensen

Title

Drawing for Shamen

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1975–1976

Medium

Graphite frottage, and tempera on ivory tracing paper, hinged to heavy white wove paper

Dimensions

60.3 × 47.9 cm (23 3/4 × 18 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Lannan Foundation

Reference Number

1997.113

Extended information about this artwork

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