Untitled (Wild Flowers and Leaves)

 
Nationality
American
Creation date
Materials
pastel on off-white paper
Mark Descriptions
signed in pencil, L.L.: Stevens
Credit line
Gift of Dr. Steven Conant in honor of Mrs. H.L. Conant and Miss Joan D. Weisenberger
Accession number
1997.103
Collection
Not Currently On View
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Indiana

Will Henry Stevens

Untitled (Wild Flowers and Leaves), 1939

pastel on off-white paper

12 ¼ x 16 in.

Gift of Dr. Steven Conant in honor of Mrs. H.L. Conant and Miss Joan D. Weisenberger

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Indiana-born Will Henry Stevens studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Art Students League in New York City.  He moved to New Orleans, where he was a professor of art at Sophie Newcomb College, now part of Tulane University.  He painted both abstract and traditional works, and most of his work has its origins in nature. Stevens’ paintings combined an awareness of modern art with the knowledge of a naturalist.  In this pastel he draws on nature to create a fanciful floral arrangement.  Stevens enjoyed blending natural forms with abstract shapes to create intricate designs and overlapping patterns.  Abstract artist Joseph Albers wrote to Sevens: “I am impressed with your sensitive musicality for color and your ability to handle a multitude of forms and to combine them in an organic whole.”

Reference

Estill Curtis Pennington.  Will Henry Stevens, 1881-1949: An Eye Transformed, a Hand Transforming, Augusta, Georgia: Morris Museum of Art, 1993.  ISBN-13: 978-0961827076