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Ethel Schwabacher

Gallery Schlesinger Limited

Ethel Schwabacher, who died in 1984 and whose career has enjoyed increased recognition in recent years, was one of the visual poets of the Abstract Expressionist movement. A contemporary of Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, and Barnett Newman, she was a painter with a bold and thrilling sense of color. As shown in the group of paintings from the ’50s that were featured in this show, Schwabacher was someone who knew how to seize upon the special power color has to suggest feeling. She did so by using color as an element to activate the surfaces of her oil canvases. Paintings such as Woman: Red Sea, Dead Sea, 1951, Evening, 1958, and Oedipus at Colonus I & III, both 1959, reveal how she used color as the key to gaining entry to the forces of the unconscious.

In Woman: Red Sea, Dead Sea, the smallest of the canvases displayed, Schwabacher conveys the ways in which the passion of the emotions

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