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Study for the Muses (Eaglesmere Version)

A work made of oil on linen.
© 2018 Brice Marden / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of oil on linen.

Date:

1991–1994/1997–99

Artist:

Brice Marden
American, born 1938

About this artwork

Brice Marden considers the process of painting to be “about transformation. Taking that earth, that heavy earthen kind of thing, turning it into air and light.” In the 1980s Marden developed a fluid, calligraphic line that resulted in shimmering, interlaced compositions such as Study for the Muses (Eaglesmere Version). His paintings slow the spontaneous brushwork of gestural abstraction to an almost meditative pace. Though it is called a “study,” Marden worked and reworked this painting across nearly a decade, completing it in his studio in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, which he describes as the most “Zen-like” of his workspaces. The landscape of Eagles Mere is wet and overgrown with moss and hemlock, features echoed in this painting’s muted palette.

On View

Contemporary Art, Gallery 296

Artist

Brice Marden

Title

Study for the Muses (Eaglesmere Version)

Origin

United States

Date

1991

Medium

Oil on linen

Dimensions

209.6 × 342.6 cm (82 1/2 × 134 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Edlis Neeson Collection

Reference Number

2015.137

Copyright

© 2018 Brice Marden / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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