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A work made of gelatin silver print.
© 2018 The Jay DeFeo Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




Jay DeFeo
American, 1929–1989

About this artwork

California painter Jay DeFeo is best known for her colossal work The Rose, which contains nearly 2,000 pounds of pigment. She worked briefly with photocollage in 1958 as she was beginning The Rose, and she returned extensively to photography for a five-year period after the first exhibition of her painting in 1969. DeFeo often photographed, drew, and collaged the same simple object for several years. In one series from 1971—73, she concentrated on an old shoe that she had given to her dog, photographing it at close range to capture the full extent of wear and discoloring from teeth marks, dried saliva, and tough use. Through such serial repetition, she depicted the refuse of the artist’s studio with obsessive care.


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Photography and Media


Jay DeFeo




United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1971


Gelatin silver print


Image/paper: 14.9 × 21.8 cm (5 7/8 × 8 5/8 in.); Mount: 21.5 × 25.3 cm (8 1/2 × 10 in.)

Credit Line

Comer Foundation Fund

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© 2018 The Jay DeFeo Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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