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Manhattan Mosaic

George Copeland Ault

American Art

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).

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1947
DIMENSIONS 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)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "G. C. Ault '47"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE overall, 66.127_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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