Wednesday, January 9, 2008
One of many—a recurring Flora motif. There's something jazz-like about these images, as if the artist were jamming on a canvas, creating rhythmic design. This untitled 10 x 8 tempera, discovered in a sketchbook, dates from the early to mid-1960s. There are dozens of sketchbooks in the collection, spanning the early 1940s to the month of Flora's death in July 1998. Aside from pen and pencil project drafts, the books contain numerous fully rendered (and often signed) paintings and drawings. It's possible that no one—including the artist's family—has previously beheld the vast majority of these works.