Leon Polk Smith

Leon Polk Smith
1906-1996
Interlocking Form, Black-Gray
1958
Acrylic paint over graphite on wove paper.
25 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches (648 x 495 mm)
Gift of the Leon Polk Smith Foundation.
© Leon Polk Smith / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
2010.10
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Initialed (LPS) and dated ('58), lower right.

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An abstract painter throughout his life, Leon Polk Smith developed a distinct formal vocabulary which combined Native American motifs -- reflecting his Cherokee heritage -- with European modernism. Mondrian, whose work Smith first saw in 1936 while attending summer school in New York City, was a major influence although Smith went beyond the constraints of Neoplasticism to explore a wide range of geometric compositions, often based on interlocking forms. Smith's hard-edge style and vast expanses of color anticipated the minimalist movement of the 1960s.

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