Harvest Angel

Evelyn Statsinger American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 915

While socially and aesthetically linked to Chicago’s Monster Roster as well as Imagist artist groups, Evelyn Statsinger made work that was profoundly individual. She mined the history of art, anthropological specimens, and the natural environment in the production of her unique compositions. In drawings and paintings, she blurred the boundaries between abstraction and representation to produce visionary, often fantastical images as a response to the world around her. In Harvest Angel, a vaguely organic form composed of green, leaflike elements rests atop a complex construction of gray and pink shapes. At the center and bottom, open forms suggest mouths or even eyes. Behind, indistinct stripes animate this surrealistic "portrait." Statsinger’s control of her pigment allows the painting to toggle between precision and suggestion, flatness and depth, presence and imagination.

Harvest Angel, Evelyn Statsinger (American, New York 1927–2016 Chicago), Oil on canvas

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.

© The Stanley and Evelyn Statsinger Cohen Foundation, courtesy GRAY, Chicago/New York. Photography by Tom Van Eynde.