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Will Henry Stevens
American, 1881–1949

Abstracted Landscape

1938

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American
Dimensions:
30 1/2 in. x 26 1/2 in. (77.47 cm x 67.31 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on paper
Accession Number: 1983.0007

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase


The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ work "Abstracted Landscape" by Will Henry Stevens is representative of the artist's non-objective style. Stevens worked the composition using two different media: oil and pastel. This allowed him to fully develop the color, form, and atmosphere of the work. Carefully choosing a variety of earth tones in blues, browns, and greens, Stevens renders the environmental elements through a combination of shape, pattern and line. Stevens structured the composition with geometric forms, outlined in and softened by pastel; the forms are reinforced with the gestural application of color. The simple, nature-derived forms and colors give a sense of universality to the composition. He evokes the cold clear atmosphere at high altitude. Overall, Stevens depicts a composition inspired by his personal experience with this given environment; one can readily imagine a mountainscape of the Appalachian range in North Carolina where he spent many summers.

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