This ceramic vase has a long oval shape with a wide neck, rounded lip and sloping shoulder area. The circular rings from the process of being thrown on the wheel can be seen beneath the glaze. The glaze is a yellow-orange matt, with dark brown patches, over a shiny celadon green and iridescent purple base.
Pewabic Pottery was founded in Detroit, Michigan by Mary Chase Stratton, an artist of the Arts and Crafts movement. Her pottery had simple shapes and retained the natural characteristics of its material. She once said, "if an object is beautiful, it is because of its own expression, and not because it has been made to look like something else."
Abstract painting composed of long broad brushstrokes in black and white with a small area of red in the upper left quadrant.
“Untitled” is typical of Kline’s work during the 1950s and 60s, his use of strong lines of black and white paint imparts a sense of the artist’s hand, creating a cacophony of line and gesture. Despite the appearance of the accidental, this work is actually very carefully conceived and consciously constructed. The balance between black and white, volume and void, is precisely thought out while expressing an urgency and vitality.
A canvas saturated in layered shades of muted browns, oranges, ochres, and yellows is crossed by lines, some dark some light, some on the surface, some buried beneath the surface color. A bold horizontal line cuts across about a quarter of the way from the bottom. On the right are several faint verticals. At the top two horizontal lines underlap and overlap with two diagonals.
Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park series is named after the neighborhood in Santa Monica, California where he had his studio. The subjects of the series are 1) an abstract consideration of color and form, 2) a treatment of the southern California landscape (the mellow subtleties of West Coast sunlight, the vast almost abstract appearance of the dry, open land), and 3) the painting process itself, which the artist makes visible to the viewer through the layers of paint.
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