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Fawn and Spirits

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Yeffe Kimball, Fawn and Spirits, 1942, oil on canvas, Gift of Dr. William Kenneth Livingston, © artist or other rights holder, 50.178

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Title

Fawn and Spirits

Artist

Yeffe Kimball (American, 1914-1978)

Date

1942

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

19 in x 29 in

Inscriptions & Markings

label: Annual Fiesta Exhibition, Museum of New Mexico, back

label: Arts and Crafts Club, New Orleans., back

label: Painting in the United States, 1945. Carnegie Institute., back

signature: Yeffe V. Kimball, brush, lower right

label: Oklahoma Annual, back

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. William Kenneth Livingston

Accession Number

50.178

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Location

Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art

1st Floor

Jungers Gallery

Description

Kimball first studied art in her native Oklahoma before attending the Art Students’ League in New York and working with Fernand Léger in France. Although she absorbed the lessons of European modernism, her introduction to African art in the late 1930s awakened a new interest in Native American art and her own heritage as a member of the Osage tribe.

Fawn and Spirits references the flat, simplified forms of Native American ledger book paintings as well as their symbolic content and subject matter, while employing a modernist vocabulary of color and composition.

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