Purchase, Roy R. and Marie S. Neuberger Foundation Inc. Gift, 2007
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 915
Lethbridge was born in Columbo, Sri Lanka—then the British Crown Colony of Ceylon—a year before its independence. The artist grew up in England and moved to New York in the early 1970s. The physicality of Lethbridge’s carefully layered oils show the artist’s preoccupation with the materials and methods of painting while his patterns often find their source in the natural world. Lethbridge has also long been fascinated by the modernist Piet Mondrian’s drawings and paintings of trees from the 1910s, whose linear, abstracted tangles of branches find an heir in this dense vortex of brushstrokes.
the artist, New York (until 2007; sold through Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, to MMA)
New York. Paula Cooper. "Julian Lethbridge," March 24–April 21, 2007, no catalogue.