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Golden Section Painting: Parallelogram with Two Small Squares

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Golden Section Painting: Parallelogram with Two Small Squares

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Dorothea Rockburne
Canadian, born America, 1931

Date

1976

Medium

Linen, varnish, glue, gesso, chalk

Accession #

1984.183

Dimensions

109 1/2 x 68 inches

Location

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway, Gallery 413

Description

Dorothea Rockburne often based her works on systems of proportions that she admired for their inherent rationality and beauty. Mathematical structures stabilize her work with an inner logic and overall compositional clarity. In Golden Section: Parallelogram with Two Small Squares, one of eight paintings in the Vellum Curve Series, Rockburne used linen, gesso, and varnish to create combinations of shapes and patterns that correspond to the geometric precision and elegance of the Golden Section, an ancient Greek equation meant to convey ideal spiritual harmony.

Credit

Gift of S. I. Newhouse, Jr.

Image Copyright

© Dorothea Rockburne/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York