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Julian Lethbridge (British, born Sri Lanka 1947)
Oil on canvas
85 x 76 1/2 in. (215.9 x 194.3 cm)
Purchase, Roy R. and Marie S. Neuberger Foundation Inc. Gift, 2007
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.
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