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Untitled (Cactus Painted Red/Yellow)

Lourdes Grobet


Lourdes Grobet was an art student in England in 1977 when she challenged divisions between painting and photography by using her camera to document local landscapes she dramatically altered with colorful house paint. Her professor failed her, and her Derbyshire neighbors called the police. In 1982 and 1983, still inspired, Grobet returned to this concept, siting her experiments across her Mexican homeland in Morelos, Michoacán, and Oaxaca.
MEDIUM Silver dye bleach print (Cibachrome)
DATES ca. 1986
DIMENSIONS image: 7 11/16 × 7 3/4 in. (19.5 × 19.7 cm) sheet: 8 x 9 3/4 in. (20.3 x 24.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed on lower right recto of mat: "M.L. Grobet"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Marcuse Pfeifer
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Lourdes Grobet (Mexican, 1940–2022). Untitled (Cactus Painted Red/Yellow), ca. 1986. Silver dye bleach print (Cibachrome), image: 7 11/16 × 7 3/4 in. (19.5 × 19.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcuse Pfeifer, 1990.119.12. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 1990.119.12_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1990.119.12_PS9.jpg., 2019
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © Maria de Lourdes Grobet
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