Beauford Delaney
Untitled, 1974

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Artist name
Beauford Delaney
Date created
oil on canvas
63 3/4 × 51 1/4 in. (161.9 × 130.2 cm)
Date acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of the Joyner/Giuffrida Collection
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
Permanent URL
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

In a field of bright interwoven marks that capture the searing intensity of sunlight, the bold orange, yellow, and black lines that structure this composition hint at an elusive subject. Delaney made this work decades after he left New York in 1953 for Paris, where he joined a community of African American artists, writers, and musicians. There, he became known for both abstract studies of light and expressionist portraits, two modes he found deeply intertwined. As the artist described, “The scope of painting is so vast. . . . [It] expresses itself sometimes in naturalistic pictures and at other times variable abstractions of color—mostly of the Sun or some form of light.”

Gallery text, 2020

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