Red Grooms

American (b. 1937)

Kids Watching Me Paint

1961

Oil on canvas

Bequest of Margaret R. Rigg

2014.38

In the late 1950s, Grooms worked in an Expressionist manner, and used a dark palette consisting largely of blacks and greys. Kids Watching Me Paint was created while Grooms was in Italy, from 1960–61. Of this time, the artist states “When I got to Europe I got interested in ‘going European,’ that is, being more precise in my work…I’m always subdued in Europe.” Indeed, this is a rather tame palette compared to the brightness of later works, and the brush strokes exhibit an Impressionist influence.

 

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