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Red Night

Sean Scully (1945)
Red Night, 1997

Oil on canvas, 96.1 x 83.9 in.
Sammlung DaimlerChrysler


With his vocabulary of geometric forms, Scully has created a system of order with clearly structured individual elements for his painting. In Red Night, the right angle is a distinctive pictorial element, giving the work an architectural character that results from the connection of horizontals and verticals. Dark-red and black bars are stacked upon one another, interrupted by another horizontal structure comprised of strips in the lower half. This picture within a picture does not open up pictorial space but, on the contrary, reinforces the hermeticism that is inherent in much of Scully’s paintings. In his work, he seeks to combine abstract geometric painting with individual and intelligible emotion.


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