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Current Location:
Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences -> 1st Floor (CHS)
Location Notes:
CHS; 1st fl.; Outside Rm. 140

Floating Bed

Artwork
Identifier:
1999.783.1
Artist:
Stephen Duren
Credit:
Gift of Dr. Lonson and Mrs. Mary Barr
Medium:
Oil
Date:
1988
Description:
Floating bed and man over green grass; blue and orange sky with large white/orange cloud.
Historical Context:
Stephen Duren attended the San Francisco Art Institute in the 1970s but skipped many of his studio classes in favor of working outside, directly from nature. During these periods of pleinair painting he absorbed countless textures and patterns from the landscape, including that particular quality of light that is unique to California. This visual vocabulary became the foundation for his painting, as he moved from realism to abstraction. He was inspired by numerous European artists from the 1800s, including Constable, Corot, Corbet, Sisley, Van Gogh and Monet.