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Untitled (Ocean)

Vija Celmins, American (born Latvia), born 1938

Made in United States, North and Central America


Graphite on wove paper prepared with white acrylic paint

Sheet: 14 x 18 3/4 inches (35.6 x 47.6 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with matching funds contributed by Marion Boulton Stroud, Marilyn Steinbright, the J. J. Medveckis Foundation, David Gwinn, and Harvey S. Shipley Miller, 1991

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In this highly finished drawing, Celmins used graphite pencils on paper primed with a thin white acrylic ground. The even strokes and dense tonal gradations produce a sheen in the darkest areas that can be seen when viewing the drawing from below.