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Inside Out Landscape

Photo: Susan Cole

Inside Out Landscape


Alden Mason

American, 1919 - 2013

In the 1970s, Mason gained national attention for his Burpee Garden series. Inside Out Landscape is a significant example from this body of work: large-scale canvases originating from several watercolors the artist had completed earlier. Named for seed packets sold by the Pennsylvania seed company, Burpee, Mason created images that are colorful abstractions which suggest amorphous and visually intoxicating landscapes. It is in these works that we see Mason's dialogue with a generation of artists who preceded him, such as the American color field painters Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler, who were working in New York in the 1950s and 1960s.
Oil on canvas
70 x 80 in. (177.8 x 203.2 cm)
Gift of Herschel and Caryl Roman in honor of the museum's 50th year
Provenance: [Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Wash.]; purchased by Herschel and Caryl Roman, Seattle, Wash.; gifted to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Wash., Dec. 5, 1983
Photo: Susan Cole
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Wash., Seattle Art Museum, Alden Mason, Nov. 6, 2010-July 17, 2011

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