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Two Rhythms

Edith Clifford Williams, American, 1885 - 1971

Made in New York, New York, United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

29 × 28 15/16 inches (73.7 × 73.5 cm) Framed: 31 1/4 × 31 3/16 × 2 3/4 inches (79.4 × 79.2 × 7 cm)

Research inconclusive. Copyright may apply.

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Clifford Williams, as she was known professionally, was one of several women artists participating in the New York avant-garde during the early twentieth century. Although she was herself reticent to provide an exact interpretation of this abstract painting, the soft, green spiral rising at the center suggests the rhythm of the natural world, while the interrupting arcs of yellow evoke a more mechanical source: the whirr of a wheel, the flight of a plane, or a spark of electricity.