Blinds relates to Mary Heilmann’s so-called Jealousy Paintings, a series of abstract works initiated in the 1970s that was inspired by details of the artist’s immediate surroundings, such as air vents, French doors, and window blinds. The name of the series is a play on jalousie, a colloquial French word for window louvers or blinds, and a nod to the novel La Jalousie, by one of the artist’s favorite authors, Alain Robbe-Grillet. Blinds playfully questions the Renaissance concept of paintings as windows that offer a glimpse of other worlds, contiguous with ours. With its edges brushed gold to simulate a picture frame or, even, a window frame, Blinds nevertheless asserts its identity as a planar object.
Oil on canvas
72 1/4 x 48 3/4 in. (183.5 x 123.8 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of The Solomon Foundation
© Mary Heilmann
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Mary Heilmann (American, born 1940). Blinds, 1975. Oil on canvas, 72 1/4 x 48 3/4 in. (183.5 x 123.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Solomon Foundation, 2009.7.3. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , CUR.2009.7.3.jpg)
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