Real Ideal

1993
Mary Obering (American, born in 1937)


Dimensions

106.7 x 101.6 cm (42 x 40 in.)

Accession Number

1993.957

Medium or Technique

Egg tempera and gold leaf on gessoed panel

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Paintings

New York artist Mary Obering adheres to a language of geometric forms and abstraction, while using techniques reminiscent of early Italian art. With wood panels painted with tempera and gold, her work recalls Late Medieval and Early Renaissance religious altarpieces. In Real Ideal, the artist’s love of symmetry and mathematical variation is evident in the logical and orderly composition. At the same time, the artist intends the edges of the panels finished in gold leaf to produce an ethereal aura around the colored panels.

Provenance

The artist; 1993, gift of the artist to Julian Pretto, New York; 1993, to Carl Andre, New York; 1993, gift of Andre to MFA. (Accession Date:

Credit Line

Gift of Carl Andre

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.