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Winged Form

Will H. Stevens (American, 1881-1949)


The subject's origins in nature are suggested through color and texture and the repetition and layering of forms, which create a rhythm reminiscent of fluttering wings.

Indiana-born Stevens was originally a landscape painter who eventually produced works that expressed nature in an abstract manner.

Given by the artist to Onya La Tour [1896-1976], Nashville, Indiana, and later Greenwood, Indiana; purchased from her in 1971 by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence W. Long, Indianapolis, Indiana;{1} given to Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1971.

{1} See E.W. L, "The Onya La Tour Collection" in Recent Accessions 1966-1972, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Fall 1972, pp. 38-40.

Object Information

artist
Will H. Stevens (American, 1881-1949)
creation date
1939
materials
tempera and oil on paper, mounted on canvas
dimensions
26 x 35 in. (canvas)
27--3/4 x 36-3/4 x 1-3/4 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed, l.r.: Stetvens, 39
Inscribed in artist's hand, verso, stretcher: WINGED FORM tempera & oil / Stevens
Inscribed in chalk, verso: Will Henry Stevens / Tulane University / New Orleans / 1939 / Collection / Onya LaTour 1939
accession number
71.221
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence W. long
collection
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors