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Memory  1870

by Elihu Vedder

[b]Notes from the Curator:[/b] [br] [i]Memory is one of Vedder’[/i]s most symbolic paintings. Although it at first appears to be a straightforward nocturnal view of the beach and ocean, upon close scrutiny one sees a faint human face emerge in the cloudy sky. Similar images of a floating head appear in a group of Vedder’s drawings from the late 1860s. Later he would be fa...
Size: 
20 5/16 × 14 3/4 in. (51.59 × 37.47 cm)
Medium: 
Oil on mahogany panel
Credit: 
Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art