Jacqueline Gourevitch

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Jacqueline Gourevitch
Harbor with Ellis Island (from #7)
Watercolor on wove paper
15 x 11 3/4 inches (381 x 279 mm)
Gift of Jacqueline Gourevitch

Gourevitch began her ongoing series of Cloud Paintings at the onset of her career in the mid-1960s, and has been working concurrently on panoramic views of lower Manhattan since 2000, when she was an artist-in-residence on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center. In these studies, Gourevitch translates a traditional observational practice, one that was particularly popular among nineteenth century British painters like John Constable, into explicitly modernist terms, pushing the boundary between abstraction and representation. At once a self-reflexive meditation on the nature of painting and vision, these watercolors, which since 2001 have been largely based on memory, re-construction and invention, have come to offer a distinct perspective on the sometimes tragically fleeting nature of their subject matter.