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The Word Of Modern Art: Artists as Writers

The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation

March 5 – October 30, 2015

Painting in vibrant red tones with a male figure and a horse in the foreground. The man's clothing are in blue tones but his face is light brown and appears to be wearing a red toned mask which leans on his shoulder to the right of his face. He is reaching towards the horse although his hands are not visible underneath his cloak. The horse is in dark blue and green with a red mask hanging on its stomach.

David Burliuk

His Beloved Horse, 1927

Oil on canvas

Art work in muted grey colors with dark outlines features a person close to us in the front and houses and two small people in the back. The person in the front is holding bouquet of flowers which has pale pink coloring in the center. Their facial features are disjointed from reality and there is a smile side profile of a face coming out from the left side of their head.

Marc Chagall

Les Amoureux au Village, not dated

Gouache, watercolor, and ink on paper

Painting of a nude woman with dark brown, knee length hair, standing on a river bank surrounded by trees holding a bare tree branch sticking out from the left side of the composition. Another female figure bends over with her touching the ground beneath the standing woman's feet. The painting is framed by a gold border.

Louis Michel Eilshemius

Nude Girl in Sylvan Setting, not dated


Metal sculpture of the head of a young boy. His head is very round, with large eyes with a wide placement on his face. His noise is barely prominent, with only the circular nostrils and the tip of it standing out. His lips are small and circular and are slightly parted, giving him a confused, concerned, innocent expression.

Jacob Epstein

Victor, 1949

Patinated bronze

Black and white photo of a sculpture of two people seated, embracing each other while facing us. Their bodies are interconnected, with a female form being majority visible while the form behind her is hidden. She reaches up to caress the other figures head while their hand is melded into her chest.

Chaim Gross

Solomon's Dream, 1982

Wood-Golden Streak Ipilwood

Framed painting of a bouquet of flowers in a glass vase sitting on magenta fabric. The background is a warm orange, and the flowers are in shades of red, white, purple, and light pink with black centers and green stems.

Marsden Hartley

Anemones, 1929 

Oil on board

Abstract composition of a group of people in a library. The books and the clothing of the people are all in primary colors: yellow, blue, and red. There are some splotches of black such as in the middle of the piece with a human figure wearing a black suit, standing carrying a stack of books. The tables and bookshelves are grey, and the floor and the skin of the people are medium brown. On the left, coming towards us is a diagonal line of people reading animatedly.

Jacob Lawrence

Schomburg Library, 1986


Black and white painting of seven seated humanoid figures. On the left, six of the figures are twin sculptures, almost identical and facing each other. The heads of these sculptures are tiny and barely visible. On the right side one figure sits alone, and has a stoic, defined face.

Henry Moore

Untitled (Seated figures)


Line drawing of eight similar figures divided by horizontal lines with two figures in each section. The figures are all laying on their sides, either propped up by their elbows or hands and are humanoid but made of organic shapes. The figures get progressively larger as you move down the frame.

Henry Moore

Ideas for Lithograph, 1948

Watercolor, pen, and ink on paper

Cartoonish line drawing of a circular female face with a confident expression. Her hair is made up of circles with haphazard lines patterned through them. Her lips are triangular, her nose long and skinny, and she has one eyebrow arched defiantly.

Pablo Picasso

Francoise Gilot, 1946


Charcoal in black and white of a young man with a cigarette in his mouth. The drawing is in the center of a yellowed, white piece of paper with the words "Raphael Soyer 1942" beneath the sketch. There is a harsh highlight on the right side of the man's face, and he raises his dark eyebrows quizzically. He is wearing a button down shirt, has a pointed chin, and wavy, dark hair.

Raphael Soyer

Self-Portrait, 1920

Charcoal on Paper

Bouquet of lilacs in a dark, geometric vase sitting on a newspaper. In the background is a dark, twilight night sky, and to the right you can see muted red house with a yellow top which appears to be on fire. To the left there is a sweeping grey and white stripe of rough color.

Jack Tworkov

Still Life: Lilacs, ca. 1935

Oil on canvas

Drawing in dull colors of three apples surrounding a small blue dish at the center left. Shading is done in and around the items in straight black lines, as well as green, red, and yellow on the fruit. One apple sits on the left side of the dish and the other two on the right rest on a white piece of fabric.

Max Weber

Still Life with Apples, c. 1928

Hand colored litho