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Exotic History by Harry Widman

  • Title: Exotic History
  • Artist: Harry Widman
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Size: 86"h x 106"w
  • Added to collection: 2007
  • Donor: The Bill Rhoades Collection, a gift in memory of Murna and Vay Rhoades
  • Campus: Rock Creek
  • Location: B7/1 N Stairwell

Harry Widman’s longstanding interest in literature, mythology, and the human condition add a sense of mystery to his paintings, where abstracted forms engage in a richly chromatic push-pull between figure and ground. As Widman once noted, “I am interested in the images that are not quite recognizable, expressive images that are insistent even as they exist just beyond memory.”

This large work may be favorably compared to "Eternal Theme" (1998) in the collection of the Portland Art Museum.