Art/ Collection/ Art Object

The Battle

Artist:
Conrad Marca-Relli (American, 1913–2000)
Date:
1956
Medium:
Oil cloth, tinted canvas, enamel paint, and oil on canvas
Dimensions:
70 1/2 x 130 1/2in. (179.1 x 331.5cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
56.203
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 921
By the early 1950s Marca-Relli developed a technique of abstract collage, attaching biomorphically-shaped pieces of painted or dyed canvas to the surfaces of his pictures. While his fellow Abstract Expressionists in the Club on Eighth Street generally avoided representative subject matter in their work, Marca-Relli often evoked the tradition of Renaissance painting. In this work, he paraphrases the fifteenth-century painter Paolo Uccello's famous scenes commemorating Florence's victory over Siena in the Battle of San Romano in 1432, deliberately using a canvas of the same dimensions as those of the three Renaissance panels now found in the Louvre, the Uffizi, and the National Gallery, London.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): MARCA-RELLI
[Stable Gallery, New York, 1956; sold to MMA]

New York. Stable Gallery. "Corrado Marca–Relli," November 5–December 1, 1956, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Three Centuries of American Painting," April 9–October 17, 1965, unnum. checklist.

New York. Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College. "Reclaiming Artists of the New York School: Toward a More Inclusive View of the 1950s," March 18–April 22, 1994, unnumbered cat. (p. 24).

P[arker]. T[yler]. "Four Recommended for November: Corrado Marca–Relli." Art News 55 (November 1956), pp. 36, 67.

Henry Geldzahler. American Painting in the Twentieth Century. New York, 1965, pp. 201–3, ill.



Related Objects

Villa Nueve

Artist: Conrad Marca-Relli (American, 1913–2000) Date: 1982 Medium: Lithograph Accession: 2016.642 On view in:Not on view

Yellow Collage

Artist: Conrad Marca-Relli (American, 1913–2000) Date: 1960 Medium: Collage of canvas on canvas Accession: 1975.189.2 On view in:Not on view

Arras

Artist: Conrad Marca-Relli (American, 1913–2000) Date: 1955 Medium: Painted canvas collage Accession: 1971.109 On view in:Not on view

The Witnesses

Artist: Conrad Marca-Relli (American, 1913–2000) Date: 1956 Medium: Painted and cut sections of oil on canvas mounted on canvas Accession: 2006.32.41 On view in:Not on view