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Steichen's Garden

Arthur Beecher Carles (American, 1882–1952)
In 1921, Arthur Beecher Carles took a leave of absence from teaching at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and traveled to France, where he stayed at the home of the American photographer-painter Edward Steichen. Painted during his six-month stay with his friend, who lived in the small village of Voulangis, thirty miles east of Paris, this image utilizes the new principles of color espoused by Picasso's great rival, Henri Matisse. The French artist inspired Carles to use hues of remarkable intensity in unexpected combinations, as seen in the blues and greens in the shadowy foreground and the pinks and yellows in the sunny distance.

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