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Grace Hartigan (1922 - 2008)
THEODORA, 1983
oil on canvas; signed and dated '83'
Sheet: 78 by 84 1/8 in. (198.1 by 213.7 cm.); Framed: 80 by 86 1/8 in. (203.2 by 218.8 cm.)
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Provenance

Private Collection
Gift of the above to the present owner in 1984

Exhibited

Westchester County, Neuberger Museum of Art, 'Grace Hartigan', September 2001 - January 2002

Literature

Robert Saltonstall Mattison, 'Grace Hartigan: A Painter's World', New York, 1990, pl. 63, pp. 116-117, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

From the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, 'Theodora' is a large-scale example of the artist's exploration of the figure within abstracted space.  In addition to inspiration from her Abstract Expressionist peers, Hartigan also drew inspiration from Old Masters, including El Greco and Jean-Baptiste Greuze.  Hartigan shared her vast knowledge with the students of the Hoffberger Graduate School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, where she worked from 1965 until her death in 2008.

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