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Study for Ice

A work made of oil and pencil on off-white wove paper.

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  • A work made of oil and pencil on off-white wove paper.

Date:

1961

Artist:

Ed Ruscha
American, born 1937

About this artwork

The drawing Study for Ice is one of the artist’s early iterations of a single-word composition, which has become a mainstay throughout his career. The articulation of the melting word is directly related to a photograph Ruscha made of an ice truck. The piece can clearly be understood as a precursor to his famous “liquid word” paintings, such as City from 1968.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Edward Joseph Ruscha

Title

Study for Ice

Origin

United States

Date

1961

Medium

Oil and pencil on off-white wove paper

Inscriptions

Signed and dated recto, lower right: "Ed Ruscha 1961"

Dimensions

270 x 304 mm

Credit Line

Promised gift of Edward and Danna Ruscha

Reference Number

603.2010

Extended information about this artwork

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