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Synchromy No. 3

Stanton Macdonald-Wright

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
Although this abstract composition bears many traces of European Cubism—angular shapes, fragmented forms, and multiple perspectives—it asserts the primacy of color as a key component of space and form. In 1912 Stanton Macdonald-Wright, together with the painter Morgan Russell, coined the term Synchromism to describe abstract compositions primarily concerned with the rhythmic use of color—a phenomenon they likened to a symphony’s use of sound. Synchromism was one of many diverse approaches to abstraction that flourished in the Americas and Europe in the 1910s, radically departing from traditional vocabularies of painting and sculpture.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1917
DIMENSIONS 39 x 38 in. (99.1 x 96.5 cm) frame: 43 x 42 x 2 in. (109.2 x 106.7 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed upper right: "S. Macdonald Wright / 1917"
COLLECTIONS American Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.11.24
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Stanton Macdonald-Wright (American, 1890-1973). Synchromy No. 3, 1917. Oil on canvas, 39 x 38 in. (99.1 x 96.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.24 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.11.24_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1992.11.24_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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