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Milly Ristvedt Paintings

Canadian, b. 1942
Canadian, b. 1942

Milly Ristvedt, RCA, began her career in Toronto in 1964, after studies with Takao Tanabe at the Vancouver School of Art. In Toronto, during the 1960s and 1970s, she was making and exhibiting large-scale paintings alongside a small but defined group of non-figurative painters who, like Ristvedt, had planted roots in modernism. These roots continue to run deep for Ristvedt, who completed her MA in Art History at Queen's University in 2011 with a thesis that explored color in the grid of contemporary painting. Ristvedt's paintings are part of private and public collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She has had over 50 solo exhibitions. In 2012, Ristvedt received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service as an advocate for artists.

(Biography provided by OENO Gallery)
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Artist:Milly Ristvedt
Bottom - large, purple, ochre, yellow, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A flurry of washed passages in sienna brown, umber, violet and grey are stamped with a pattern of curved strands of colour. These fine lines in bright yellow, electric blue, turquois...
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2010s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Natural Rhythm - large, cream, blue, orange, lyrical abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Ristvedt explores the emotional potential of color and form -- spheres of orange and sapphire blue float on a pale ground. A grid of light blue reasserts the nature of the picture pl...
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2010s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Spring - large, bright, yellow, orange, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Passages of butter yellow, rose and light green float on a washed spring yellow ground in this elegant abstract painting by Milly Ristvedt. Milly Ristvedt (b. 1942, Kimberley, BC) ...
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1980s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Summering - Expressive strokes of red, blue, yellow and mauve
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Expressive strokes of red, blue, yellow, and mauve float on a soft pink colorfield. And dotted within the colorfield are subtle pea green stains that gently guide the eye through the...
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2010s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Judd - large, blue, green, abstract, geometric composition, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Two columns of horizontal rectangles in alternating colours of forest green and warm white frame a third, central column of warm white and sapphire blue rectangles in this 7.5 foot t...
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1990s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Rocker's Rest - large, blue, pink, green, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Milly Ristvedt creates a bouquet of color -- broad swipes of pale pink, plum, butter yellow, lush green and rust -- in this elegant abstract composition from 1982.  Milly Ristvedt ...
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1980s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Summer Window - large, bright, colourful, yellow, abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Washes of sun yellow are edged in dashes of bright colors - mauve, cerise, lime and rust -- in this monumental color-field canvas by Milly Ristvedt. "Summer Window" from 1973 was cr...
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1970s Color-Field Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Sky for a Roof - large, soft, orange, blue, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Comprised of an ethereal band of tangerine orange, turquoise, deep blue, and green, Sky for a Roof is a notable example of Ristvedt's ability to return to an earlier methodology unde...
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2010s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Breathing Space for Agnes - large, bright, yellow, stripes, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Vertical stripes of buttercup yellow and cloud blue are each separated from the other by a mere whisper of white canvas. The verticals appear to breathe rhythmically against the pict...
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2010s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Oncoming Storm - large, soft, blue, purple, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Copper orange, deep blue, purple, and orange are arranged in structured striation in this wet-in-wet painting that exudes the ominous glowing light preceding a storm. Action Painti...
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2010s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Logic - Deconstructed grids and squares in purple and yellow
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
The grid is deconstructed and on the move in this large-scale Milly Ristvedt painting. Squares in purple and yellow advance and recede through varying levels of scale and saturation....
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1980s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Always There - Yellow, blue, green and cream lyrical and light acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Spheres of lemon yellow intersect with dashes of lime and sky blue in this masterful composition by Milly Ristvedt. The square format of the canvas washed in light yellow and the res...
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2010s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Uncertain Terms - crisp, black, grey, red, geometric abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Created in a neutral palette apart from a crisp red descending line, Uncertain Terms encapsulates Ristvedt's response to the pandemic: cautious optimism. This hard-edge painting demo...
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2010s Hard-Edge Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Verticality #3 - black, yellow, red, geometric abstract acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A bold eggplant shade of purple meets a field of amber yellow in this playful acrylic by Milly Ristvedt. A thin linear oblong of red pierces the center, anchoring the geometric paint...
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2010s Abstract Geometric Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Balancing Act - large, bright, colourful, geometric abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Overlapping washes of steel blue create a sense of infinite space in this sophisticated acrylic composition by Milly Ristvedt. Over this ground, a solid black rectangle intersects wi...
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2010s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Increments - colourful large scale arrangement, small squares, acrylic on panels
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A monumental work, comprised of 66 small square panels, each painted with a single orthogonal, are installed in a precise grid: six high and ten across. The orthogonals are painted i...
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2010s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Acrylic, Wood Panel

Verticality #2 - blue, yellow, orange, geometric abstract acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Juxtaposed blocks of navy, orange and canary held by a bar of sky blue create a subtle optical effect in this masterful composition by Milly Ristvedt. Milly Ristvedt (b. 1942, Kimbe...
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2010s Abstract Geometric Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Phoenix - large, bright, colourful gestural abstract, diptych, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Horizontal bars of blue, maroon, cherry red, pink, lemon yellow, burnt orange and green communicate on a soaked sand colored ground of this diptych by Milly Ristvedt. The rhythm of t...
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1970s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

A Deep Breath - large, soft, green, grey, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Lime green washes bleed into soft yellow, pink, grey, and baby blue in this wet-in-wet painting by Milly Ristvedt. Action Painting, a term coined by the art critic Harold Rosenberg...
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2010s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Twelve Panels, Thirty-Six Colors - colourful pairs of painted acrylic panels
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Twelve rectangular panels, each painted alternately in solid colors or solid with tinted vertical stripes, are installed in a precise grid: two high and six across. The artist began ...
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2010s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Acrylic, Wood Panel

Song for the Lark - large, red, purple, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Dynamic washes of rust-brown and violet are interrupted by a passage of bright turquoise in this lyrical canvas by Milly Ristvedt. Fine almost delicate lines in green, orange and yel...
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1970s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Green Grid Play - bright, colourful, geometric abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Precisely painted squares and rectangles in orange, rust red, green, yellow, light green, sapphire blue, black and pink dance, overlap and swirl on a washed green-blue ground in this...
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2010s Abstract Geometric Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

What You See - large, soft, blue, pink, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A flurry of washed passages in a sky blue and rose pink mixed with passages of brilliant yellow, black, turquoise and cherise with curved strands of fixed pastel. These fine lines in...
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1980s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

The Colour of Light - large, yellow, purple, gestural abstract acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Milly Ristvedt approaches colour in her work with sincere consideration and expertise, her palettes contain a subtle complexity that is striking. The background of this painting is b...
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1980s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Verticality #4 - orange, grey, green, geometric abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A bold horizon of burnt orange meets a field of chartreuse green in this playful acrylic by Milly Ristvedt. A vertical oblong of grey is placed underneath a thin pink line anchoring ...
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2010s Abstract Geometric Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Yellow Grid Play - orange, grey, green, geometric abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Precise squares in orange, rust red, green, grey, maroon and white dance, overlap and swirl on a washed canary yellow ground in this intimate canvas by Milly Ristvedt. Color and the ...
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2010s Abstract Geometric Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Verticality #1 - black, green, pink, brown, geometric abstract acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Strong blocks of pink, red-orange, eggplant and olive are pinned by a bar of kelly green to create a subtle optical illusion. This masterful canvas by Milly Ristvedt reveals the emot...
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2010s Abstract Geometric Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

In Other Worlds - pink, navy blue and turquoise abstraction, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Milly Ristvedt explores the emotional potential of color and form -- spheres of turquoise and sapphire blue float in a sea of vibrant mauve. A band of light pink divides the canvas r...
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2010s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Mott Continuum - large, bright, orange, geometric abstraction, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Spheres of burnt orange, turquoise and sapphire blue move in a lyrical and jazzy dance across a hot orange ground in this masterful canvas by Milly Ristvedt. The painting demonstrate...
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2010s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Fire (Paradise Paintings) - large, geometric, abstract, group series, acrylic
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A dark, forest green square is flanked by smaller squares of indigo, red and pale yellow on a hot ground of brushed red, orange and yellow in this bold acrylic on canvas. Aptly title...
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2010s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Act of Silence - grids of black, white, orange, red, abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A grid of painterly black and white is balanced with large squares of fiery orange and gold each in this bold canvas by Milly Ristvedt. The edges of the squares pulse back and forth ...
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1990s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Ambient - tall, narrow, dark, bold strokes of colour, abstract acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Brushed passages and swipes of sharp yellow, sunset orange, kelly green and sky blue, move in a ballet of color through the soaked charcoal ground of this towering acrylic painting b...
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1980s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Sizzle Yellow - Large yellow, violet, aqua blue gestural abstract painting
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
On a light canary yellow soaked ground, swipes and passages of Tuscan yellow, violet and aqua move in a brilliant narrative aptly titled Sizzle Yellow. "Painting is my freedom 'to ...
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1980s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Evening Light - Twinned vertical bands in lilac and golden yellow
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Twinned vertical bands in lilac and golden yellow are rhythmically sequenced across a field of lilac purple. The soft pigments are stained into the canvas and breath in and out with ...
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2010s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Head Spin - Dark shades with accents of bright blue, green, turquoise, and pink
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A dark, ethereal, plum purple field hosts accents of bright blue, green, turquoise, and pink in this large-scale abstract painting by Milly Ristvedt. Thinly threaded above the field ...
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1980s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Real and Imagined
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Across the panels of this large diptych by Milly Ristvedt, passages of crimson, indigo, orange and burnt umber move and vibrate in a contemplative narrative. The piece is made more p...
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1980s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Black - large, yellow, green, blue, geometric abstraction, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A narrative of hard edged orthogonal shapes in sapphire blue, bright yellow and crimson unfolds across a background grid of washed charcoal black rectangles. The black ground is made...
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Early 2000s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Mott Composition - large, bright, blue, geometric abstraction, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
This masterful canvas demonstrates Ristvedt's elegant aesthetic control and points to the emotional potential of color.  Strong rounds of sun yellow, turquoise, sapphire and sienna h...
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2010s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Spray - large, soft, bright, blue, pink, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Large scale, colorful abstract painting, with pink, orange and purple against a pale blue ground. Milly Ristvedt approaches color in her work with sincere consideration and expertis...
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1980s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Periwinkle Grid Play - large, contemporary, geometric abstract acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Precisely painted squares in orange, rust red, green, yellow and turquoise dance, overlap and swirl on a washed periwinkle ground in this intimate 24 inch square acrylic painting on ...
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2010s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Winter Solstice - purple and green grid, geometric abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A grid of eighteen horizontal rectangles each in alternating painterly washes of emerald green and indigo fills this bold canvas. The edges of the rectangles that seem to breath and ...
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1990s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Living Things - large, bright, colourful, yellow, abstraction, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Drops of violet balance the movement of luminous yellow orbs in this elegant chartreuse composition by Milly Ristvedt. "Color is the magical sensation and substance, the 'philosoph...
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2010s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Night Ride (For Dayal Kaur) - large, contemporary, abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Brushed passages and swipes of cobalt, rust, pale yellow and dark rose, move in a ballet of color in this masterful composition by Milly Ristvedt. Milly Ristvedt (b. 1942, Kimberle...
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2010s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Glide - large, purple, pink, hues, striped, abstract acrylic on shaped canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Gradient bands of washed violet turn to dust rose in this shaped canvas from 1968 by Milly Ristvedt. From the first part of her career, this powerful painting is rooted in the tenets...
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1960s Color-Field Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

There You Are - large, bright, red, yellow, gestural abstract acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Swipes of crimson, steel blue, moss green and dove grey float in quiet communication on a white washed canvas divided by a stream of canary yellow. This large acrylic canvas by Milly...
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1980s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Pearl - large, soft, bright, peach, pink, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A ballet of intersecting brushed swipes in indigo, verdant green, mauve and cerise emerges from a soaked peach ground in this classic 1988 painting by Milly Ristvedt. Colour and the ...
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2010s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Creatures of a Day (Paradise Paintings) - large, colourful abstract group series
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A lemon yellow rectangle held by a whisper white band is flanked by squares of pink, navy, blood red and white on a washed ground of pale lime. A conversation about visual and philos...
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2010s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Tiger Lily/Gold - orange grid, abstract geometric composition, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Washed orange rectangles in this geometric composition by Milly Ristvedt breathe rhythmically against the picture plane.  Milly Ristvedt (b. 1942, Kimberley, BC) MA, RCA, began her ...
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1990s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Rising Water (Paradise Paintings) - large, abstract, series, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A ballet of colorful squares and rectangles float on a wash of turquoise streaked through with mauve. A conversation about visual balance emerges from this bold acrylic painting titl...
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2010s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Float - elegant soft pink with yellow and maroon floating squares
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Bright rectangles float on a dust rose ground in this elegant composition by Milly Ristvedt. "Painting is my freedom 'to be' in the world, to transform what I think and feel about ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Just So Green - horizontal, vibrant, post-painterly abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Passages of pink and blue ride waves of olive and forest green in this vibrant horizontal canvas by Milly Ristvedt. Ritstvedt is an established master of Canadian post-painterly abst...
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1980s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Everything and Nothing - large, monochrome, vertical stripes, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Vertical bars of grey acrylic, dove to light charcoal, move across this square canvas by master colorist, Milly Ristvedt. The bars, that appear to breathe rhythmically against the pi...
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2010s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Grey Grid - small, bright, colourful, geometric abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Precise squares and rectangles in orange, rust red, green, mauve and white dance and swirl on a washed grey-mauve ground in this acrylic by Milly Ristvedt. Color and the grid are the...
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2010s Abstract Geometric Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Summer Shade - tall, purple, pink, blue, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
A descending ballet of intersecting brushed swipes in violet, turquoise, pale yellow, periwinkle and green emerge from the soaked indigo ground in this vertical acrylic by Milly Rist...
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1980s Contemporary Milly Ristvedt Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Space Mute - large, bright, colourful, gestural abstract, acrylic on canvas
By Milly Ristvedt
Located in Bloomfield, ON
Ribbons of saturated colour in royal blue, orange, red, turquoise, deep purple, navy blue and army green fan out across the canvas in this stunning abstract painting by the masterful...
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1980s Abstract Milly Ristvedt Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Milly Ristvedt paintings for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a wide variety of authentic Milly Ristvedt paintings for sale. If you are looking for a way to add color to a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of orange, purple, blue and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find art by Milly Ristvedt in acrylic paint, paint, synthetic resin paint and more. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 21st Century and Contemporary, and is mostly associated with the Abstract style. Not every interior allows for large Milly Ristvedt paintings, so small editions measuring 24 inches across are available. Those interested in this artist might also find the work of Alice Teichert, Aron Hill and Otto Rogers. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $5,200 and tops out at $69,000, while the average work can sell for $15,000.