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Brush’s Shadow

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Brush’s Shadow

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Elizabeth Murray
American, 1940–2007

Date

1981

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

1981.54

Dimensions

116 x 86 1/2 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Through the combination of autobiographical references and allusions to everyday life in her work, Elizabeth Murray expanded the boundaries of large-scale abstract painting. In fact, Brush’s Shadow is a kind of self-portrait, composed of vaguely recognizable forms that are usually derived from objects such as tables, shoes, and coffee cups. The central green shape represents a brush (“the tool I use to communicate with”); the shape behind it (the “brush’s shadow”) is a figure, a substitute for the artist herself.

Credit

Gift of Frances Floyd Cocke

Image Copyright

© Elizabeth Murray