Modern and Contemporary Art
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Artist: Sylvia Plimack Mangold, American, born 1938, B.F.A. 1961

Valence with Grey Cloud


Oil on linen

152.4 × 203.2 cm (60 × 80 in.)
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund and Director’s Discretionary Fund

In 1980 Sylvia Plimack Mangold began a series of pastels and oil paintings depicting the brilliant atmosphere at sunset around her home in New York State. Valence with Grey Cloud is an exceptional example from that series. With thin washes of color, the artist painted the gentle slope of the land and an immersive sky with a fiery strip of light and a suspended gray cloud. Trompe-l’oeil tape frames the work and returns the viewer’s attention to the material surface of the canvas. The result is a meta-painting whose psycho- logical valence is predicated as much on twilight effects as on the idea that a framing device can itself be part of the subject of a picture.

Not on view
20th century

Cheryl Brutvan, The Paintings of Sylvia Plimack Mangold, exh. cat. (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1994), 82, 112, no. 34, ill.

Lisa Hodermarsky and Molleen Theodore, “Inches and Fields: A Conversation with Sylvia Plimack Mangold,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2017): 30, ill.

Lisa Hodermarsky et al., On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2021), 66, 100, 103, 156, no. 14, fig. 3.

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