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.
Oil on canvas
84 x 72 x 2 1/2 in. (213.4 x 182.9 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
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Purchased with funds given by Ninah and Michael Lynne and Frank L. Babbott Fund
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Ross Bleckner (American, born 1949). Green Hands and Faces, 1994. Oil on canvas, 84 x 72 x 2 1/2 in. (213.4 x 182.9 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Ninah and Michael Lynne and Frank L. Babbott Fund, 1995.30. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.30_SL1.jpg)
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