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Grace Hartigan
American, 1922–2008

This So-Called Angel

From the series, Salute

Object Type: Print
17 1/8 in. x 14 1/8 in. (43.5 cm x 35.88 cm)
Medium and Support: Screen print on paper
Accession Number: 1995.0002.0003.0003

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase

Grace Hartigan was an American artist who was recognized internationally as a leader in the second generation of Abstract Expressionists. Her abstract compositions were inspired by the environment of the city—fragments such as store windows, pushcarts or glimpses of observed figures were the basis for her arrangements of form and color.

Working with the poet James Schuyler, Harigan created a series of illustrations for his poetry book, "Salute". Hartigan titled her works using the last few lines of Schuyler's poems, and its creation signaled Hartigan's independance from the constraints of expressionism to explore not her personal emotions. She sought inspiration in poetry, and strove to create what she called "the visual quality of the poem's imagery."

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