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Les Barricades Mysteriuse

21st Century
60 x 72 x 1 1/4 in. (152.4 x 182.9 x 3.2 cm)

Arngunnur Yr, Icelandic, b. 1962

Object Type: Paintings
Creation Place: Europe, Iceland
Medium and Support: Oil on board
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Susan L. Mills Fund
Accession Number: 2006.67
Arngunnur Yr is an Icelandic artist living in California who received her MFA from Mills College. Her large landscape paintings are inspired in part by the Hudson River School painters, such as Albert Bierstadt, who created luminous depictions of the American West. Yr’s paintings of cloudy, meditative skies are more a poetic description of her subject than a record of specific meteorological events.

The title Les Barricades Mysteriuse—the Mysterious Barricades—is borrowed from the name of a musical composition by French composer Francois Couperin (1668-1733). In this Baroque work, the notes are flowing and hypnotic, with repeated melodic phrases. The title serves as an apt description of clouds, which by their very nature are “mysterious barricades.”

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  • Board Dimensions: 60 x 72 x 1 1/4 in. (1524 x 1828.8 x 31.75 mm)

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