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Maker(s):Oxman, Katja
Culture:American, born in Germany (1942- )
Title:In Yellow Hewn
Date Made:2008
Materials:etching and aquatint on wove paper
Measurements:sheet/image 23.5 x 17.5
Accession Number:  AC 2013.109
Credit Line:Anonymous Gift
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
A print of a desk and window. Decorative sheets of paper neatly fanned out over the desk. A potted plant sits on the desk and its yellow flowers arc in front of the window. Through the window, there is a blue and yellow mountain landscape.

edition 15/50

Label Text:
“Of Yellow was the outer Sky,” writes nineteenth-century Amherst-born poet Emily Dickinson, “In Yellower Yellow hewn / Till Saffron in Vermilion slid / Whose seam could not be shewn.” In this etching, one finds the connotation of “hewn” in the way two thin streaks of blue and yellow mirror each other over the mountains, as if indicating that the yellow sky is raggedly dissolving into the approaching night clouds. The window faces west; the table is already sunk in the hues of “Saffron” and “Vermillion.” Colorful postcards depicting well-known artworks on the tabletop and the flowering orchid curving over the scene aesthetically complement the distant sky. Although indicative of Oxman’s customary fondness for strictly structured shapes and her lack of shadows, this mountainous vista nevertheless betrays a pensive depth and hints at a great expanse beyond the confines of the room and the frame of the window.

Daria Chernysheva, Class of 2016

color theory; flowers; interiors; landscapes; mountains; nature; perspective; still lifes

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