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Object Timeline

1954

  • Work on this object ended.

1997

  • We acquired this object.

2015

2020

  • You found it!

Drawing, Bone Sections, 1890–1954

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer. It is dated 1890–1954 and we acquired it in 1997. Its medium is pen and black ink, brush and gouache on off-white heavy paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

It is credited Gift of Grace Schulman.

Its dimensions are

27.9 × 21.3 cm (11 × 8 3/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in pen and black ink, center: Bone section of anatomical structure - / part of a highly organized and functional / whole. The factual properties / though not necessarily known / are accepted and between the / observer and this object all / tension is released.; lower right: The same bone structure trans- / lated into an aesthetic concealing the / original functional properties. Di- / vorced from its organic use it becomes a new and isolated element -- / creating between the observer and / itself a tension of interest due to the / displacement through aesthetic / translation.

Cite this object as

Drawing, Bone Sections, 1890–1954; Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, active England, 1890–1954); England; pen and black ink, brush and gouache on off-white heavy paper; 27.9 × 21.3 cm (11 × 8 3/8 in.); Gift of Grace Schulman; 1997-134-30

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