Back on Earth

A work made of oil on two canvases.
© 1981 Elizabeth Murray

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  • A work made of oil on two canvases.

Date:

1981

Artist:

Elizabeth Murray
American, 1940–2007

About this artwork

Beginning in 1976, Elizabeth Murray developed a reputation for her brightly colored, sculptural, shaped canvases, which illustrate objects and figures from her daily life. Influenced by Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and comic art, her vibrant and energetic visual language playfully complicates the formal attributes of painting. In Back on Earth, two grandly scaled canvases—one geometric (blue), the other biomorphic (green)—are inextricably linked by the artist’s assertive use of color and rambunctious imagery. The animated, squidlike table is a recurring motif in Murray’s paintings and is utilized here to visually link the canvases and to further confound the relationship between figure and ground.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Elizabeth Murray

Title

Back on Earth

Origin

United States

Date

1981

Medium

Oil on two canvases

Dimensions

306.1 x 342.9 cm (120 1/2 x 135 in.), installed

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Solomon B. Smith; Twentieth-Century Discretionary Fund

Reference Number

1982.406

Copyright

© 1981 Elizabeth Murray

Extended information about this artwork

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