Armando Reverón. Woman of the River. 1939

Armando Reverón

Woman of the River


Oil on canvas
52 x 56 7/8" (132.1 x 144.5 cm)
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in honor of John Elderfield
Object number
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Armando Reverón has 3 works online.
There are 2,309 paintings online.

On occasion, Reverón based his figure paintings on old narrative themes. Here, the allusion may be to the water–maidens of Hispanic folklore, traditionally depticted with shimmering, straw–colored bodies and golden hair. Reverón's nearly monochromatic "white" paintings represent the perceptual experience of forms dissolving into intense light. In the 1930s, working indoors, the artist began making such monochromes, with puzzling forms in shadowy interiors.

Gallery label from 2015

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