Ellen Phelan

American (Detroit, Michigan, 1943)

Overheard: The Conversation

painting | oil on linen
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  • Overheard: The Conversation

    Ellen Phelan, Overheard: The Conversation, 1991; oil on linen, 41 1/2 in. x 58 7/8 in. (105.41 cm x 149.54 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of the Lannan Foundation; © Ellen Phelan

41 1/2 in. x 58 7/8 in. (105.41 cm x 149.54 cm)
Acquired 1999
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of the Lannan Foundation
© Ellen Phelan


children, figures, boys, girls, dark, whispering, secrets, drips, black, surfaces

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