Current Location:
Allendale Campus -> Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts
Location Notes:
PAC; 1st fl; lt rm 1233

Reclining Nude

Artwork
Medium:
Oil on Canvas
Date:
circa 1958 – 1959
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 23.625 in Width: 31.5 in
Description:
Painting of a nude figure. The figure has it's back to the viewer and is reclined horizontally through the middle of the picture plane. The figure is resting on a brown surface. There is an area of pink in the upper right corner.
Historical Context:
Trained with an arsenal of classic techniques, artist Cyril Lixenberg opts to explore art with the materials offered by modern society: enamel panels, Corten steel, and silk screen prints. In his work, Lixenberg's primary concern is exploring the dimensionality of shapes and how they interact. Color becomes an extra dimension, an uncomplicated emphasis on his eloquent use of shape. The work is the product of two vacillating tendencies: one of mental abstraction and the attempt to give it solid form and the other from the perception of the materials being used. The result is an object or image that does not represent anything concrete but is an aesthetic reflection of material, process, and creative mental engagement.