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Then Came an Ox and Drank the Water, 1984
Frank Stella Then Came an Ox and Drank the Water, Pl. 7 from Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya, 1984 is based on the gouaches done by the Russian avant-garde artist, El Lissitzky, completed in 1919. The originals illustrated a traditional Jewish Passover song Had Gadya. Stella came upon these gouaches in the Tel Aviv museum in 1981 and was inspired to make his own take. Bursting with bright color and energetic lines, this work fills the entire paper with excitement. The conical shapes bring some semblance of recognizable geometry, while the other free shapes retain the true feeling of the artists’ hand – such as the spiraling shape in the upper right hand corner. The composition is dominated by lime green paper, causing the forms on top to pop off the page.


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