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Will Henry Stevens
American, 1881–1949

Untitled (Abstraction)


Object Type: Drawing
14 in. x 16 in. (35.56 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Pastel on paper
Accession Number: 2007.0007.0004

Credit Line: Gift of Janet Stevens McDowell Revocable Trust

Completed in 1946, this composition is completely non-objective. Explaining his interest in abstraction, Stevens said, “What I have liked in nonobjective is, for me, the new experience in design I am permitted when I do not have to tie everything to a base, as in objective painting.”

This work demonstrates this reasoning. "Abstraction" was certainly inspired by nature as the organic shapes and earth toned colors suggest. Natural elements are rendered non-objectively, and in this composition, they suggest natural forms. Stevens uses simple lines, forms, colors, and planes throughout the composition. He focuses on the interaction between those elements in order to express emotion.

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