George Copeland Ault
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
The linear, interlocking shapes of this urban scene testify to George Copeland Ault's links with Precisionism, a style characterized by a strangely airless, rigidly geometric approach to identifiable objects (usually architectural and often industrial). This late work reveals the artist's inclination to construct a more abstract vision in which the illusion of space is minimized and the forms of the buildings seem to hug the surface of the picture plane. The resulting decorative sensibility was apparently intentional, as witnessed by Ault's reference in the title to the mosaic technique (a process of making a picture or design out of pieces of stone or glass mounted on a supporting surface).
Oil on canvas
31 7/8 x 18 in. (81 x 45.7 cm)
Frame: 37 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (95.3 x 59.7 x 7 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "G. C. Ault '47"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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George Copeland Ault (American, 1891-1948). Manhattan Mosaic, 1947. Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 18 in. (81 x 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 66.127 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 66.127_PS1.jpg)
overall, 66.127_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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