- Etel Adnan
- signed and dated Adnan '82; signed, titled and dated on the stretcher
- oil on canvas
- 20.5 by 25.2cm.; 7 7/8 by 10in.
Collection of Jean Rigg, New York City (acquired directly from the above in the 1980s)
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 2015
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While her vibrant, expressive paintings do not make explicit references to political and social issues, they reflect Adnan’s call for an intense engagement with the world. The rapid, thick strokes of her palette knife chronicle scenes of personal importance to the artist, particularly Mount Tamalpais near her home in California as well as the Mediterranean Sea with some painted from memory. The landscape’s distinct forms—mountains, horizon, sea, sun—are knitted together, recording minute shifts of sensory experience and offering an empathetic response to the natural world against to violence and indifference.