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Alan Gussow
Abstract Expressionism, Tide Pool, Monhegan, 1956

1956

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Alan Gussow is renowned for his inventive and tenacious blend of abstraction and realism, with this painting a spectacular vision of the dynamism and vitality of moving water on the coast of Maine. Gussow spent time in Monhegan, Maine during the summer of 1956 shortly after his return from Rome. Gussow wrote of his time spent there: “Back on Monhegan…I began working with nature themes in Maine in 1956. I began to be thought of as a marine painter.” As evidenced in this work, Gussow possessed a unique ability to translate the motions of the ocean and truly embody its swift, ceaseless undulations. Through long, vigorous strokes, Gussow recalls the constant bursting of activity at the intersection of land and sea. The pounding of rough waters and tumultuous action recalls both the seas of Maine and the artist’s state of mind after a year spent in Rome as he settled back into his life in the States. Gussow’s unique imagery captures the intimate link between man and the environment, invoking his personal encounters with the smells, sounds, tastes, and sensations of nature. His work is infused with deep cultural and environmental insights, rooted in a beautifully refined aesthetic, and a visual celebration of the places he explored and experienced passionately. These works harnessed the vitality and physical energy of applying paint characteristic of Abstract Expressionism, the dominant style of this period. Gussow was adept at integrating all senses into our perceptual experience, and he created large-scale works that reflected the actual forces observed and experienced in the natural world around him. As his engagement with environmentalism grew, Gussow used landscape painting to move our focus towards the earth and our experiences with nature.

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    H 36 in. x W 36 in.H 91.44 cm x W 91.44 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU73632207453
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