Jay DeFeo, ‘Untitled (Everest)’, 1955, Painting, Oil paint on canvas, Denver Art Museum
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Jay DeFeo

Untitled (Everest), 1955

Oil paint on canvas
96 × 74 in
243.8 × 188 cm
Location
Denver
About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
Denver Art Museum
Denver

Collection of the Oakland Museum of California

Medium
Series
Mountain
Image rights
©2015 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Jay DeFeo
American, 1929–1989
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Jay DeFeo has been variously labeled as an Abstract Expressionist, a Beatnik, and a funk artist, though she personally did not identify with any movement. Often considered under-recognized in the canon of American art, DeFeo's 2013 retrospective at the Whitney Museum gave her groundbreaking oeuvre the long overdue attention it warranted. Her first body of work was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, though she would later make semi-representational works. DeFeo's influences ranged from Italian architecture to Asian, African, and pre-historic art. Her works were cross-disciplinary in medium, spanning sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, and collage. When painting, DeFeo applied her material thickly, often using a palette knife rather than a brush and mixing in unorthodox materials. Between 1958 and 1966, DeFeo created what became one of the best-known works of her career, The Rose—it had such thick impasto that it was considered a relief, or as DeFeo referred to it: “a marriage between painting and sculpture.” In other works she explored and reconfigured everyday objects.

Jay DeFeo, ‘Untitled (Everest)’, 1955, Painting, Oil paint on canvas, Denver Art Museum
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About the work
Exhibition history
Provenance
Denver Art Museum
Denver

Collection of the Oakland Museum of California

Medium
Series
Mountain
Image rights
©2015 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Jay DeFeo
American, 1929–1989
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Jay DeFeo has been variously labeled as an Abstract Expressionist, a Beatnik, and a funk artist, though she personally did not identify with any movement. Often considered under-recognized in the canon of American art, DeFeo's 2013 retrospective at the Whitney Museum gave her groundbreaking oeuvre the long overdue attention it warranted. Her first body of work was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, though she would later make semi-representational works. DeFeo's influences ranged from Italian architecture to Asian, African, and pre-historic art. Her works were cross-disciplinary in medium, spanning sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, and collage. When painting, DeFeo applied her material thickly, often using a palette knife rather than a brush and mixing in unorthodox materials. Between 1958 and 1966, DeFeo created what became one of the best-known works of her career, The Rose—it had such thick impasto that it was considered a relief, or as DeFeo referred to it: “a marriage between painting and sculpture.” In other works she explored and reconfigured everyday objects.

Jay DeFeo

Untitled (Everest), 1955

Oil paint on canvas
96 × 74 in
243.8 × 188 cm
Location
Denver
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