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Deer and Cactus

Kai Gotzsche

American Art

The Danish-born modernist Kai Gotzsche painted this work in the American Southwest, where he spent time in the 1920s, often in the company of the writer D. H. Lawrence and a fellow Danish painter, Knud Merrild, at the Taos home of the art patron Mabel Dodge. Abstracted in a decorative manner, with simplified forms and echoes of a few key shapes, the composition is in keeping with the elegant Art Deco style that was internationally popular by the mid-1920s, particularly in architecture, decorative arts, and graphics.
MEDIUM Watercolor over graphite with some gold paint on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream, wove, hand-made Whatman paper
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES ca. 1926
    DIMENSIONS 30 1/8 x 22 1/4 in. (76.5 x 56.5 cm) Frame: 36 1/8 x 28 1/16 x 1 3/4 in. (91.8 x 71.3 x 4.4 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Along left side, watermark "J WHATMAN 19[?]3 ENGLAND" and countermark "B"
    COLLECTIONS American Art
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Kai Gotzsche (American, born Denmark, 1886). Deer and Cactus, ca. 1926. Watercolor over graphite with some gold paint on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream, wove, hand-made Whatman paper, 30 1/8 x 22 1/4 in. (76.5 x 56.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 29.1389. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 29.1389_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 29.1389_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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