Leon Polk Smith
The New York artist Leon Polk Smith grew up in Indian Territory, Oklahoma, with parents of partial Cherokee ancestry. He acknowledged that the bold colors and sense of movement in his work were probably influenced by Native American art. Here, red and black curves create an illusion of movement. The rounded canvas, or tondo, exhibits two near-colliding red disks, which seem to have moved across a black void and come to rest with their circumferences practically touching. Or is it the black void that has thrust itself between two stationary disks?
Oil on canvas
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Leon Polk Smith (American, 1906-1996). Stonewall, 1956. Oil on canvas, Diameter: 35 1/2 in. (90.17 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Leon Polk Smith, 2011.12.5. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2011.12.5_reference_SL1.jpg)
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