Armando Reverón. Woman of the River. 1939

Armando Reverón Woman of the River 1939

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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.
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

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The artist.
1989 - 2004, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas, purchased through Christie’s, New York, Latin American Painting, Drawings and Sculpture, Sale 6820, lot 25, May 17, 1989.
2004, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Exhibition history

Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, "Armando Reveron (1889-1954)", March 3 - April 19, 1992

MoMA Exh. #1931: "Painting and Sculpture: Inaugural Installation", 4th Floor, gallery 15, November 20, 2004 -

As of August 23, 2005, 4th Floor, gallery 15 has been renumbered as 4th Floor, gallery 16.

MoMA Exh. #1931: "Painting and Sculpture: Inaugural Installation", 4th Floor, gallery 16, November 20, 2004 - January 8, 2007

MoMA Exh. #1995: "Armando Reverón", 6th Floor, Special Exhibitions, North, February 11 - April 16, 2007

MoMA Exh. #1989a: "Painting and Sculpture Changes 2007", 4th Floor, gallery 16 added May 1, 2007 - October 27, 2009


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