A young visitor and her companion contemplate Stephen…

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A young visitor and her companion contemplate Stephen…

A young visitor and her companion contemplate Stephen Greene’s The Shadow (1950). Greene himself wasn’t very pleased with the painting; he told the Archives of American Art in 1968, “It’s very morbid…I find it’s just a curio out of my existence.” But the work bears witness to the crucial role of figurative approaches after WWII, despite the rise of abstract painting. While portraiture seemed hopelessly outmoded to some, other artists like Greene sought refuge in representing themselves and others.

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