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Alden Mason

American, 1919 - 2013

Mother is a bold and ruthless portrait of a woman, whose image conjures up a range of associations embodied in the rawness and aggressiveness of this figure. A portrait of Mason's mother, it recalls the great painting of Woman I (1950-52) by the American Abstract Expressionist, Willem de Kooning, and reveals Mason's influences-including de Kooning's uninhibited use of paint to both define, obscure and interpret the female figure.
Acrylic on canvas
82 x 70 in. (208.3 x 177.8 cm)
Gift of the artist
Provenance: The artist; gifted to the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Wash., Sept. 8, 1986
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Wash., Seattle Art Museum, Recent Modern Acquisitions, Aug. 27-Oct. 18, 1987

Seattle, Wash., Seattle Art Museum, Other Figures, May 25-July 16, 1989

Seattle, Wash., Seattle Art Museum, Vistas and Visage, Dec. 16, 1993-July 17, 1994

Seattle, Wash., Seattle Art Museum, First Person Singular, May 31, 2001-March 17, 2002

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

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