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Ray Kass
American, born 1944

Borrowed View

1997–1998

Object Type: Painting
Dimensions:
80 in. x 88 in. (203.2 cm x 223.52 cm)
Medium and Support: Watercolor on paper under beeswax mounted on wood panels
Accession Number: 2001.0013 a-m

Credit Line: Gift of Howard and Christina Risatti


The assemblage "Borrowed View" exemplifies the artist’s practice of making polyptychs composed of individual drawings made from nature. He often first draws on panels of glass or plastic, and thereby identifies the forms, patterns, and contrasts of dark and light shapes that he will eventually paint onto individual sheets of mulberry paper. In his studio, he finalizes the painting’s format and assembles the finished composition from the elements he has created. He seals the surface with beeswax, which acts as both a protective shield and a modifier, blending the painted images and imparting a rich, smoky character overall.

American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, cat. no. 104, p. 240.

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