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Charles Biederman

American Art

The strong three-dimensionality of the biomorphic and geometric forms in this composition makes them appear animated within a space bounded by color zones. Charles Biederman had been experimenting with progressive modern European styles since 1930 and had gravitated toward greater abstraction after seeing the work of Cubist artists such as Pablo Picasso, newly on view in New York. He painted this work while living in Paris in 1936, under the fresh influence of the Surrealists Joan Miró and Fernand Léger, who preferred strange or oddly combined forms that were both unsettling and humorous.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Paris, France
  • DATES 1936
    DIMENSIONS 51 1/8 × 35 in. (129.9 × 88.9 cm) frame: 56 × 39 3/4 × 2 in. (142.2 × 101 × 5.1 cm)
    SIGNATURE signed on lower left verso corner: "Ch. Biederman / Paris 12 / 1936"
    INSCRIPTIONS inscribed along stretcher: "12 /1936 Paris"
    COLLECTIONS American Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Estate of Emil Fuchs and Polygnotus G. Vagis, by exchange, Dick S. Ramsay Fund and John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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