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
- Edward Joseph Ruscha
- Study for Ice
- United States
- Oil and pencil on off-white wove paper
- Signed and dated recto, lower right: "Ed Ruscha 1961"
- 270 x 304 mm
- Promised gift of Edward and Danna Ruscha