Construction in Ochre
On View: American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
Is this a painting, a sculpture, or both? Gertrude Greene is credited with having been the first American artist to create completely abstract wood reliefs like this one. She was a founder (in 1936) of the American Abstract Artists, an organization that promoted the work of American artists who felt that their art was overshadowed by their more famous European contemporaries.
Oil, wood, and Masonite on Masonite
Signed verso in chalk: "Gertrude Greene / 1941"
Gift of Balcomb Greene
© Estate of Gertrude Greene
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Gertrude Greene (American, 1904-1956). Construction in Ochre, 1941. Oil, wood, and Masonite on Masonite, 36 1/8 x 24 in. (91.8 x 61.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Balcomb Greene, 66.230. © Estate of Gertrude Greene
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