Susan Rothenberg. Triphammer Bridge. 1974

Susan Rothenberg Triphammer Bridge 1974

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Early in her career, Susan Rothenberg made several paintings featuring a single horse, which, although plainly representational, served as opportunities for the artist to experiment with abstraction. Of her horse motif, Rothenberg has said, "I think it was a surrogate for dealing with a human being, but at the same time it was neutral enough and I had no emotional relationship to horses. . . . I needed something alive, I guess. I couldn't use an object. I’m not a still life painter. The horse was just a quiet image. I was able to stick to the philosophy of the day—keeping the painting flat and anti-illusionist—but I also got to use this big, soft, heavy, strong, powerful form."

Gallery label from Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection, May 3–July 10, 2006.
Medium
Synthetic polymer paint and tempera on canvas
Dimensions
67 1/8" x 9' 7 3/8" (170.5 x 292.1 cm)
Credit
Gift of Edward R. Broida
Object number
769.2005
Copyright
© 2021 Susan Rothenberg/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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