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Artist: James Brooks (American, 1906 - 1992)

Date: 1954
Medium: Oil and crayon on canvas
Overall: 17 × 17in. (43.2 × 43.2cm)
Signed: Recto, lower left: 'J. Brooks'
Inscribed: Verso, upper left: 'B/1954' Verso, top center: [up arrow] Verso, upper right: '17 x 17 / B-1954 / James Brooks' Verso, top stretcher bar: 'James Brooks b 1954 225.00 / crayon & oil' Verso, right stretcher bar: '12/B-1954/17 x 17' Verso, bottom stretcher bar: 'James Brooks / B1954 / crayon and oil on canvas, 17 x 17' Verso, left stretcher bar: 'FH'
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Emanuelson
Object number: 93.34.1
Label Text
During the late 1940s and early 1950s, James Brooks began to create abstract pictures. Brooks' reasons for moving in this direction include a deep respect and fascination for the act of painting. He wrote: "[A painting's] meaning is carried in its relationships; and the shapes, colors and things in it exist not as separate identities . . . but as carriers. The impulse they transmit through the painting is its spirit, image and meaning."

In B-1954 Brooks scribbled aggressively on the canvas with crayon and then softened the color by overlaying creamy white paint. He stated that a relationship evolves between him and a canvas: "My work is improvisation to start with . . . There are shapes suggested that start improvising themselves, which I then start developing."


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