Janet Sobel. Milky Way. 1945

Janet Sobel Milky Way 1945

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A self–taught artist, Sobel invented her own painting process. According to her son, "she would prepare a ground, which would invariably suggest or trigger some 'idea' for her, whose sudden conception was matched by an equally rapid execution. In her efforts to pin down her conception she would pour the paint, tip the canvas, and blow the wet lacquer." She made Milky Way quickly and spontaneously, achieving a jewel–like, allover surface by using fast-drying enamel paint. Her automatic technique has been likened to those of highly theoretical avant-garde groups like the Surrealists. She responded, "I only paint what I feel."

Gallery label from 2008.
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A self-taught artist, Sobel invented her own painting process. According to her son, "she would prepare a ground, which would invariably suggest or trigger some 'idea' for her, whose sudden conception was matched by an equally rapid execution. In her efforts to pin down her conception she would pour the paint, tip the canvas, and blow the wet lacquer." In this painting she achieved a jewel-like, marbled surface by using fast-drying enamel paint. Her automatic technique has been likened to that of the Surrealists. She responded, "I only paint what I feel."

Gallery label from Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, April 19 - August 13, 2017.
Medium
Enamel on canvas
Dimensions
44 7/8 x 29 7/8" (114 x 75.9 cm)
Credit
Gift of the artist's family
Object number
1311.1968
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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