Untitled

A work made of graphite, black and blue acrylic, and watercolor, on ivory wove paper.
Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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  • A work made of graphite, black and blue acrylic, and watercolor, on ivory wove paper.

Date:

2001

Artist:

Jasper Johns
American, born 1930

About this artwork

In this composition, Johns employed a string hung from two points along the left and right vertical axes. This invention is known as a catenary curve and is used in the design of suspension bridges. Johns was not aware of this when he first employed the string; his interest was in creating a form achieved as the direct result of gravity. Johns took special care in rendering with watercolor the illusionistic, thin boards from which the string hangs, even setting them so that they appear to open and close on the picture plane. He further emphasized the plastic dimension of his construction by brushing a dark border of black ink and acrylic paint around the core image. This startling effect recalls the dramatic use of light by such Baroque artists as Francisco de Zurbarán.

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Artist

Jasper Johns

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

2001

Medium

Graphite, black and blue acrylic, and watercolor, on ivory wove paper

Inscriptions

Signed lower right, in white crayon: "J. Johns '01"

Dimensions

915 x 651 mm

Credit Line

Margaret Fisher Endowment

Reference Number

2003.7

Copyright

Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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