Oil on canvas
38 x 51 1/4in (96.5 x 130.2cm)
Museum purchase with the Helen and Everett H. Jones Purchase Fund
For Charles Biederman, one of the leading American abstract artists of the early 20th century, 1936 and 1937 were pivotal years. Coming to Paris from New York, he was influenced by European modernism, including the late Cubism of Fernand Léger. His paintings of this time represent a breakthrough, using color and form to create objects in space of sculptural weight and solidity, far more muscular than his previous abstract works. By the following year, Biederman made the leap from painting to relief sculpture, which he pursued for the rest of his long career.
Charles Biederman (American, b.1906, d.2004)