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The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Joan Brown

Joan Brown, Things in Landscape #1, 1959

Joan Brown (American, 1938-1990)
Things in Landscape #1 1959
Oil on canvas
Gift of Edward Joseph Gallagher, Jr.
1961.005.008

Joan Brown’s paintings masterfully blend the representational with the abstract. The title of this work signifies that there are objects in a setting, yet they have been abstracted just enough to take away their identifiable qualities, reducing them to sculptural forms in an ambiguous space. Brown preferred to work on a large scale so that she could feel immersed in the painting as opposed to a smaller canvas which would make her feel like she is “the spectator, looking at the situation.”