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Daphne, 1958

Jay DeFeo

American, 1929-1989
Oil, pencil and charcoal on paper mounted on canvas
comp: 106 x 42 in. (269.2 x 106.7 cm); sheet: 125-3/4 x 47-3/4 in. (318.8 x 121.3 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. Sam Francis
P.1965.008
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DeFeo was among the few women to gain notoriety as an artist in mid-20th century America. Active in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, DeFeo created Daphne just prior to devoting six years exclusively to the fabrication of her definitive and monumental assemblage, The Rose (1964). Daphne is impressive in scale and typical of DeFeo's work of the late 1950s, with its vertical orientation and thousands of delicate, obsessively drawn lines.

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