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The Rose
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The Rose

Agnes Martin, American (born Canada), 1912 - 2004

Geography:
Made in North and Central America

Date:
1965

Medium:
Acrylic and graphite on canvas

Dimensions:
6 feet × 6 feet (182.9 × 182.9 cm)

Copyright:
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

* Gallery 274, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor (Tuttleman Gallery)

Accession Number:
1975-81-11

Credit Line:
Centennial gift of the Woodward Foundation, 1975

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Label:
Martin started using a grid pattern in her paintings in 1959–60 and it soon became a constant in her work. The grid provided the artist with what she called an “ego-less” structure to express her vision of ideal beauty. In The Rose, the seemingly simple design becomes more complex upon careful examination. Delicate lines in rose-colored pencil, visible only from a close distance, echo the graphite lines, and cause the surface to appear to be bathed in a pink glow when viewed from afar.


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