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Walter Tandy Murch
American, 1907 - 1967

Resting Rock, 1961
American Painting
Oil on canvas
35 in. x 30 in. (88.9 cm x 76.2 cm)

Marion Stratton Gould Fund,  98.78

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Walter Murch’s poetic depictions of everyday objects—clocks, gears, light bulbs, mechanical devices, tools, stones—defy easy categorization. They have been variously labeled Realist, Magic Realist, and Surrealist. “A painter paints what he thinks about the most,” he said. “For me, that is about objects from my childhood, present surroundings, or a chance object that stimulates my interest . . . I suppose you could say I am more concerned with the lowly and forgotten object, the one people discard because they are finished with it.”

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]


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