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Anxious States: Expressionism from Gauguin to Oliveira

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Man and Child

1957
20th Century
33 3/4 in. x 25 in. (85.73 cm x 63.5 cm)

Nathan Oliveira, American, (1928–2010)

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Susan L. Mills Fund
Accession Number: 1957.76
Nathan Oliveira was a very prominent Bay Area artist, and was a student of Max Beckmann, a German Expressionist featured in this exhibition. The two met when Beckmann was invited to teach in the 1950 Summer Session at Mills College. Oliveira and Beckmann, as well as the rest of the artists represented in this exhibition, created works on paper using different printmaking and drawing techniques to express the emotional content in their images. While Oliveira and Beckmann’s images are both portraits, they vary dramatically in style and technique. Yet both convey a state of anxiety. The viewer is left with a sense of uneasiness or that something isn’t quite right with the individual in the portrait.

--Savanna Ames, December 2017

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Dimensions
  • Mat Dimensions: 40 in. x 30 in. (101.6 cm x 76.2 cm)
  • Image Dimensions: 32 in. x 23 1/2 in. (81.28 cm x 59.69 cm)
  • Sheet Dimensions: 33 3/4 x 25 in. (85.73 x 63.5 cm)

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