Betye Saar. Lo, The Pensive Peninsula. 1961

Betye Saar Lo, The Pensive Peninsula 1961

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The natural landscape was a common subject of Saar’s early prints. Here, emotion pervades the scene, with soft bands of color filtering through the dense vegetation. The imagery was likely inspired by the artist’s visits to the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve outside Los Angeles. At the time, Saar lived in nearby Redondo Beach and took printmaking classes at California State University, Long Beach. This work was the first Saar formally exhibited, including it in her first group show, at the Palos Verdes Library Gallery in 1961.

Gallery label from October 21, 2019–January 4, 2020
Medium
Etching
Dimensions
plate (slightly irreg.): 14 15/16 × 19 11/16" (38 × 50 cm); sheet (irreg.): 16 5/16 × 21 9/16" (41.5 × 54.7 cm)
Publisher
Betye Saar, Los Angeles
Printer
Betye Saar, Los Angeles
Edition
20
Credit
The Candace King Weir Endowment for Women Artists
Object number
1166.2018
Department
Drawings and Prints

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