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Mass Tone: Manganese Blue

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1974

Artist:

Marcia Hafif
American, (1929-2017)

About this artwork

Since the early 1970s, Marcia Hafif has systematically examined the historical and technical fundamentals of painting. Her body of work is rigorous and investigative, with a resolute concentration on color manifested by exquisitely complex monochrome paintings. Hafif often employs paint mixtures she has made herself, grinding a pigment with a muller and combining it with linseed oil. Mass Tone: Manganese Blue, titled after the specific pigment used, is from the first series of paintings for which Hafif created her own paints in this way. Unlike commercial paint from the tube, which contains various additives and binders, her handmade paints can behave unpredictably. As Hafif has stated, this patient technique was chosen because it “let a color … express itself, reveal its multiple nuances.” Her process invites us to perceive each particular paint mixture as matter rather than simply as color.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Marcia Hafif

Title

Mass Tone: Manganese Blue

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1974

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

96.5 × 96.5 cm (38 × 38 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Society for Contemporary Art

Reference Number

2013.1091

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