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The Garden

1941
20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm)

Darrel Austin
American (Raymond, WA, 1907 - 1994)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1945.59
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Location: Not currently on view

This bizarre, spectral landscape was purchased from the Gallery’s 1945 exhibition The A B C’s of Modern Art, organized to foster a more liberal point of view amongst the Gallery’s audience. Painted in thick layers with a palette knife, Darrel Austin’s primordial visions were often peopled by predatory cats and shimmering female figures, as in The Garden. A frank reviewer in the Art Digest wrote in 1942, “It’s hard to explain Darrel Austin’s art, because he can’t explain it himself . So the most sensible approach for the viewer is just to enjoy them without thinking too logically.”

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

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Artist's signature, lower right: Darrel Austin


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Perls Galleries, New York; purchased by the Gallery in 1945

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It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013


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