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John Currin is one of the most highly original figural painters working today. His figures are inspired by a wide range of sources, from Old Master paintings to Norman Rockwell, often underpinned by a sense of humor rather than seriousness. Blond Angel depicts an idealized woman who is also somewhat unsettling, an arresting combination calculated to draw the viewer into a prolonged contemplation of her distinctive face.
Ann M. and Chris Stack, Indianapolis, Indiana; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2001.