Alabama

Alabama

1960

Norman Lewis

(American, 1909-1979)

Oil on canvas

Overall: 122.6 x 184.5 cm (48 1/4 x 72 5/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2017.1

Description

During the civil rights movement, Lewis sought to align his interest in abstraction with current events. With its black and white palette, Alabama offers a symbolic duality for a time entrenched in racial conflict. Furthermore, the painting's composition has prompted viewers to draw additional associations from its abstract shapes, such as a nighttime Ku Klux Klan gathering.

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Alabama
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American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas

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