Summer Window Milly Ristvedt, RCA

Acrylic on Canvas
114 × 60 inches
289.56 × 152.4 cm

Washes of sun yellow are edged in dashes of bright colors - mauve, cerise, lime and rust -- in this monumental color-field canvas by Milly Ristvedt. "Summer Window" from 1973 was created in the early years of this important artist's career. "The earliest of Ristvedt's from the early 70s are already characterized by a fascination with color which has continued to the present. These paintings demonstrate Ristvedt's efforts to find simplified formats which allow color to operate freely. Her admiration for such modern masters as Henri Matisse, Jack Bush and, to some extent, Jules Olitski, is evident, but her pictures are not overly derived from any of these painters. Instead they suggest sympathetic acceptance of modernist ideas about color, structure and space. Following hte example of the artists she admires, she built her early pictures out of brilliant saturated color, spread across the continuous expanse of the flat canvas." From Karen Wilken, "Milly Ristvedt-Handerek: Paintings of a Decade" (Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1979).

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