The Chalice Flower

The Chalice Flower


William Joseph Eastman

(American, 1888-1950)

Oil on aluminum leaf on canvas

Framed: 91.5 x 81.3 x 6.4 cm (36 x 32 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 79.4 x 68.6 cm (31 1/4 x 27 in.)

Lent by the Cleveland Public Library 199.1996



In 1915, Eastman began experimenting with gold- and silver-leaf grounds in paintings he described as based on “principles of pure design.” He continued that experimentation in this composition, which isolates a single, white, chalice flower against an aluminum-leaf background, emphasizing both the flower’s spiritual connotations and its decorative form.

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