Lassaw joined the American Abstract Artists Group in 1936 and remained true to its principles throughout his long life. His commitment to an open-ended art, begun without a predetermined image, links him to the Abstract Expressionists. Monoceros, Greek for unicorn, is the name of a small constellation of stars. This work belongs to a series whose names all come from the night sky.
[Kootz Gallery, New York, 1952–53; sold on October 21, 1953 to Steinberg]; Muriel Kallis Steinberg, Chicago (1953–2006; her gift to MMA)
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