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Violet Truncated Pyramids

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Violet Truncated Pyramids

Artist: Ronald Wendell Davis (American, born 1937)
Date: 1969
Medium: Polyester and fiberglass
Dimensions:
Overall: 72 x 231 in. (182.9 x 586.7 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Dr. and Mrs. Peder T. Madsen Fund, 1971.1
Accession number: 1971.1.a-.b
Classification: painting
In Collection(s)
Label TextThe work is comprised of two separate panels. In order to heighten the illusionistic effect...the artist has indicated specific instructions regarding the hanging of the painting and the spatial relationship of the two panels. He has also used obvious perspectival devices in his composition for illusionistic purposes. The violets, oranges, and greens...appear at various times to be transparent, translucent, or opaque. In his painting Davis has melded the freedom of Abstract Expressionism with the rigorous system of three-dimensional perspective developed in the Renaissance. Ron Davis was born in Santa Monica in 1937. He studied engineering at the University of Wyoming and art at the Yale Univerisity-Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art and at the San Francisco Art Institute. Source: Bulletin, November-December, 1971.
Published ReferencesDMAC BULLETIN, Nov./Dec. 1971

DES MOINES ART CENTER: SELECTED PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER, Des Moines Art Center, 1985, ref. p.58, b/w ill. pl.38, p.59
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