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Mural Study for Cancer

Mural Study for Cancer


Clarence Van Duzer

(American, 1920–2009)

Tempera on panel

Unframed: 33 x 74.3 cm (13 x 29 1/4 in.)

Gift of Kathy Lynn Van Duzer and Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2011.5



Mural Study for Cancer teems with more than 50 figures, including a patient undergoing surface brachytherapy, whereby radiation is applied to the exterior of the body with tongs. Hovering overhead in the center of the composition is a red circular form with flamelike tendrils, likely a schematic rendering of a tumor. The painting was created shortly after the artist traveled to study contemporary murals in Mexico, which had a profound influence on his work.

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