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Will H. Stevens

pastel paper (fiber product)

Currently on view at Mint Museum--UPTOWN

Gift of Janet Stevens McDowell Trust

"I am impressed with your sensitive musicality for color and your ability to handle a multitude of forms and to combine them [in]to an organic whole." - Joseph Albers to Will Henry Stevens, 1944 Will Henry Stevens was one of a handful of artists working outside of New York to explore abstraction and he was a true pioneer of Modernism in the South. Although one can draw parallels between Stevens’ abstractions of the natural world and those of his American peers ranging from Arthur Dove to Theodoros Stamos, perhaps the greatest influence on Stevens was Wassily Kandinsky, whose art and theories he encountered at the end of the 1920s. Stevens taught at Newcomb College in New Orleans from 1921–1948 but often spent his summers in the North Carolina and Tennessee mountains. As seen in these two pastels, the verdant flora of the Appalachian Mountains was often the starting point for Stevens’ work, as he drew inspiration from the endless variety of elegant forms and vibrant colors that he found there.

Accession Number: 2006.12.5


height: 16 inches
width: 16 inches

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