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Untitled

Artwork
Identifier:
1999.789.1
Artist:
Stephen Duren
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Pastel
Date:
1993
Dimensions:
Artworks -
Description:
Landscape scene with red building and hill in background; green grass.
Historical Context:
Stephen Duren attended the San Francisco Art Institute in the 1970s, and always favored 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, moving from realism to abstraction. He was inspired by many European artists from the 1800s, including Constable, Corot, Corbet, Sisley, Van Gogh and Monet.