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Current Location:
Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons -> 3rd Floor (LIB)
Location Notes:
LIB; 3rd fl., Padnos and Sarosik Reading Rm. 310

Letting Go

Artwork
Medium:
Oil on Canvas
Date:
1989
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 78 in Width: 72 in
Description:
Aqua background in the viewers upper right while most of the rest of the painting is in purple hues. There is also a tanish brown rectangular shape in the viewers bottom left. A figure is reaching for the legs of another figure in upper right corner under the aqua section. Dark box-like shapes throughout.
Historical Context:
Stephen Duren attended the San Francisco Art Institute in the 70s 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. Much of his work remains semi-abstract, but Duren is often pulled away from his studio by a call he has answered since his youth to paint directly from nature.