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White Flowers

Artist: Victor Higgins (American, 1884 - 1949)

Date: 1935-1945
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
27 x 30 1/8 inches (68.6 x 76.5 cm)
Frame: 30 1/4 × 33 × 2 1/4 inches (76.8 × 83.8 × 5.7 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Inscribed: White Flowers/ Victor Higgins/ V Higgins 1650 (reverse, on stretcher)
Signed: Victor Higgins (lower left)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.17.6
Accession Number: 1965.1.773
Label Text:For Higgins, floral arrangements served as realistic subjects that he could abstract into meditations on pictorial elements. In White Flowers, Higgins used the exploding profusion of blossoms to explore texture. He also experimented with various ways to depict the color white. Higgins created the illusion of flowers through thickly applied paint. He then spun variations on his theme by depicting flowers as patterns on the vase and in the gold cloth. His approach revealed a modern sensibility.
Provenance: Consigned to Eulialia Emetaz, La Galeria, Escondida, Taos, May 13, 1948; Unknown; purchased August 10, 1056 through (Jane Hiatt, La Fonda Galleries, Taos, New Mexico) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Blooms: Floral Art in the Stark Collections