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The Open Window

The Open Window

c. 1914
(British, 1889–1949)
Catalogue raisonné: Colnaghi 102b; Grennwood W/D 5/3
Location: not on view


Open Window was inspired by Robert Delaunay's 1911 painting La Ville (The City). Like Delaunay, Wadsworth rendered a view over a city at night, but made the checkered patterning-which unites an array of motifs in the painted scene-the theme of his work. Wadsworth liked the possibilities woodcut gave him to explore complete changes of meaning through different color permutations. There are six versions of Open Window with various color combinations.
  • The Year in Review for 1987. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 24-April 17, 1988).
    Against the Grain: Woodcuts from the Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (August 17-November 9, 2003).
  • {{cite web|title=The Open Window|url=false|author=Edward Alexander Wadsworth|year=c. 1914|access-date=01 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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