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Vija Celmins, Drypoint Ocean

The subject matter of this dry point is a section of the ocean. The waves entirely fill the printed surface The image gradually shifts from the darkest foreground waves at the bottom edge to the lightest and smallest at the top of the plate with the image receding perspectivally as the picture plane tilts upward. The ocean is cropped so there is no sky or horizon line visible.

Vija Celmins
Vija Celmins is an important[1][2] Latvian-American visual artist best known for photo-realistic paintings and drawings of natural environments and phenomena such as the ocean, spider webs, star fields, and rocks. Her earlier work included pop sculptures and monochromatic representational paintings. Based in New York City, she has been the subject of over forty solo exhibitions since 1965, and major retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Drypoint Ocean, 1982
7 3/4"x 9 3/4"
Gift of Gus Foster