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Abstract of Flowers
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Abstract of Flowers

Arthur Beecher Carles, American, 1882 - 1952

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1922

Oil on canvas

21 1/4 × 25 1/2 inches (54 × 64.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White Collection, 1967

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Arthur B. Carles was one of the preeminent artists in Philadelphia during the first half of this century, known for his innovative painting as well as his teaching. Trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, he arrived at his distinctive style through his travels to France, where the work of Henri Matisse had great impact on him. The exuberance of color almost overpowers the viewer's reading of Abstract of Flowers; the choice of subject simply permitted Carles to celebrate his virtuosity in creating a complex interplay of reds, blues, pinks, greens, yellows, and, importantly, white.