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Green Hands and Faces
Green Hands and Faces is from a powerful group of paintings by Ross Bleckner that take on a subject of importance to the artist since the 1980s—the loss of friends and loved ones to AIDS. Each luminous spot on the canvas's surface stands metaphorically as a glowing flame, a flickering symbol of a deceased person whose life remains as a memory. As if created by a source emanating from the depth of darkness, the "hands" and "faces" are the result of fine modulation of reflective oil paint and varnish.
- Artist: Ross Bleckner, American, born 1949
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: United States
- Dates: 1994
- Dimensions: 84 x 72in. (213.4 x 182.9cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Contemporary Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 1995.30
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Ninah and Michael Lynne and Frank L. Babbott Fund
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Ross Bleckner (American, born 1949). Green Hands and Faces, 1994. Oil on canvas, 84 x 72in. (213.4 x 182.9cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Ninah and Michael Lynne and Frank L. Babbott Fund, 1995.30. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)