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Desert Forms

A work made of oil on masonite.
© Estate of Hughie Lee-Smith/ARS (Artist Rights Society), New York

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  • A work made of oil on masonite.

Date:

1957

Artist:

Hughie Lee-Smith
American, 1915–1999

About this artwork

Hughie Lee-Smith here conjured an unsettling scene: the stormy blues of the sky, the rocky terrain, and the unknowable relationship between the walking woman and the distant man. The artist often situated enigmatic people in bleak landscapes, and he aligned these morose visualizations with his experiences as an African American man: “Unconsciously it has a lot to do with a sense of alienation … and in all blacks there is an awareness of their isolation from the mainstream of society.” Anonymous and disconnected from one another, the figures face an austere existence—evocative, perhaps, of the human condition amid a turbulent modern world.

Status

On View, Gallery 262

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Hughie Lee-Smith

Title

Desert Forms

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1957

Medium

Oil on Masonite

Dimensions

45.7 × 60.1 cm (18 × 24 in.)

Credit Line

American Art Sales Proceeds Fund; through prior acquisitions of Charles S. Peterson Purchase Prize and Charles D. Ettinger funds, and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick G. Wacker Jr. Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2011.334

Copyright

© Estate of Hughie Lee-Smith/ARS (Artist Rights Society), New York

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