Magnetic Mountain

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 2018 Orange County Citizens Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1948

Artist:

Kurt Seligmann
American, born Switzerland, 1900-1962

About this artwork

After Kurt Seligmann settled in Paris, his sinister, biomorphic compositions gained the attention of André Breton, who invited him to join the Surrealist group in 1937. With the outbreak of World War II, Seligmann became the first Surrealist to arrive in New York and was instrumental in the emigration of most of the movement’s leading figures. Transformed by contact with new cultures, Seligmann’s work continued to evolve, and as the Surrealists’ acknowledged expert on magic, he infused his paintings with mythology and esotericism. Indeed, the year he made this work, he published The Mirror of Magic, a history of the occult. The winding forms and mystical quality of this canvas would influence a new generation of American artists, including his student, Robert Motherwell.

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 398

Artist

Kurt Seligmann

Title

Magnetic Mountain

Origin

Switzerland

Date

1948

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

64 × 74 in.

Credit Line

Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection

Reference Number

1981.269

Copyright

© 2018 Orange County Citizens Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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