fbpx
back bounded-next cafe calendar-large calendar cart close coat-check collapse donate download elevators expand explore filter grid-view hamburger heart hours join link list-view location mail more next nursing-room phone print programs ramp restrooms right-arrow search share shop thumbs-down thumbs-up tickets up toilet heart-filled zoom Skip to Content

Brush’s Shadow

Modern and Contemporary Art

Search and Share Tools

Brush’s Shadow

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Elizabeth Murray
American, 1940–2007

Date

1981

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

1981.54

Dimensions

Please contact the Museum for more information.

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