Semetic Garden...A Young Man

A work made of pastel on ivory wove paper.

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  • A work made of pastel on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1972

Artist:

Irving Petlin
American, 1934-2018

About this artwork

The art historian and fellow SAIC alum Franz Schulze once called Irvin Petlin “one of the most gifted members of the mid-fifties Art Institute generation. [His] is possibly the most oblique, magical, eerie and difficult to read of all recent Chicago art.” While attending SAIC from 1953 to 1956, Petlin came to reject abstraction, claiming “it was missing the human imprint; there were no faces to look at, there were no eyes staring back.” In the early 1970s Petlin began working in pastels, creating the series The Semitic Garden, from which this work comes.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Irving Petlin

Title

Semetic Garden...A Young Man

Origin

United States

Date

1972

Medium

Pastel on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

660 x 490 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Odyssia Skouras

Reference Number

2007.206

Extended information about this artwork

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