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Artist: Edda Renouf, American, born 1943

14 Incised Lines


Pastel and incised lines with fixative on paper

Sheet: 50.2 x 50.2 cm (19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.); Framed: 63 x 63 x 3.3 cm (24 13/16 x 24 13/16 x 1 5/16 in.); Sight in frame: 52 x 52 cm (20 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.)
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library Services

From the exhibition Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery:

Edda Renouf said, “Essential to my paintings and drawings is the revealing of an abstract structure and energy inherent to my materials, the linen canvas and cotton paper.” In order to expose such dormant energy, Renouf uses the act of removal as the founda­tion of her creative process. In her drawings, Renouf removes fibers from cotton paper to create clefts that she then fills with pastel. While 14 Incised Lines may at first appear static due to its monochromatic palette and linear organization, a closer look reveals waver­ing incisions that evoke the movement of Renouf’s hand. She exposes and releases the energy of her materials, making the invisible visible.

20th century
Works on Paper - Drawings and watercolors
By appointment

“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 177, ill.

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