Shirley Jaffe’s Language of Coexistence at Tibor de Nagy

Shirley Jaffe, Sylvia’s White, 1975. Oil on canvas, 51 x 77 in.

Shirley Jaffe, Sylvia’s White, 1975. Oil on canvas, 51 x 77 in.

The American artist moved to Paris in 1949 and has lived and worked there ever since. Her early works, with thick brush strokes of pigment and strong gestures, were in the style of Abstract Expressionism. Then, in the late 1960’s she began to paint in a very different, more controlled, way. The time spent with each canvas and the application of paint underwent a remarkable transformation.

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