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Paul
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Paul

Chuck Close, American, born 1940

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
1994

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
8 feet 6 inches × 7 feet (259.1 × 213.4 cm)

Copyright:
© Chuck Close. Courtesy Pace Wildenstein, New York

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1994-166-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with funds (by exchange) from the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cummins Catherwood, with the Edith H. Bell Fund, and with funds contributed by the Committee on Twentieth-Century Art, 1994

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Label:
This portrait of American artist Paul Cadmus (1904–1999) derives from a Polaroid photograph that Close charted with a grid pattern and transposed, unit by unit, onto a large canvas. In creating a complex map of the face, the regularity of the grid becomes a vehicle for sumptuous, inventive painting that subtly balances representation with abstraction.