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Current Location:
Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences -> 5th Floor - (CHS)
Location Notes:
CHS; 5th fl., West Hall, right of Stairwell 103

Trees and Tops of Building

Artwork
Identifier:
2003.245.1
Artist:
Stephen Duren
Credit:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Lonson Barr
Medium:
Oil on Canvas
Date:
circa 1979
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 24.5 in Width: 18 in
Description:
Oil painting depicting a Tree in foreground that takes up left side of picture. Buildings beneath tree and gray sky.
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.

Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Term:
oil painting