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Untitled (Constellations)

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David Smith

David Smith

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American (1903–1965)

  • Date: 1963
  • Tempera on Canvas, signed "Delta Sigma" and dated verso
  • Size: 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.44 cm)

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about Untitled (Constellations)

For David Smith, America's greatest sculptor of the twentieth century, there is little difference between drawing, painting, and sculpture.

He easily moved from one medium to the next and indeed one subject to the next, such that a drawing could be a unique object in its own right or a sculpture could in turn be an inspiration for a drawing. Smith was an artist of the outdoors; his work bears the mark of his surroundings. Black lines on white paper can suggest natural elements like sticks in a snow-covered field, or even less empirical and rather conceptual renderings of his sculpture imagined within the same snow-covered field. This oil on canvas painting is signed with the Greek letters "Delta Sigma" lower left and dated 6/8/63 verso.

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About The Artist: David Smith

David Smith was born in Decatur, Indiana, in 1906. His mother was a school teacher and a devout Methodist; his father was a telephone engineer and part-time inventor, who fostered in his son a reverence for machinery. After his family moved to Paulding, Ohio, in 1921, Smith developed an interest in art, taking a correspondence course in drawing under the auspices of the Cleveland Art School. Although he spent one year at Ohio University in...

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About The Medium: Tempera

A permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder medium, usually glutinous material such as egg yolk. Also known as Egg Tempera.

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