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Sunflowers
  • Louis Lozowick
    1892–1973
    born: Ludvinovka, Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine) ; died: South Orange, New Jersey, United States ; active: United States
  • Sunflowers, 1957
  • Where object was made: United States
  • lithograph
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 201 x 344 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 334 x 420 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 7 7/8 x 13 1/2 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 1/8 x 16 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 16 x 20 in
  • Gift of Hal M. Davison, Class of 1949
  • Not on display
  • 1999.0097
Label Text
Exhibitions
Catalogue raisonné

Exhibition Label:
"Summer in the Central Court," Jun-2006, Kate Meyer
Blooming flowers, overhanging leaves, and fresh garden produce all suggest the beautiful abundance of summer. In her Sunflower quilt, Christina Hays Malcom transformed the complex head of a sunflower-a profusion of seeds and petals-into a familiar pattern of pieced cotton circles and a radiating burst of yellow color. A Currier and Ives lithograph showcases the typical yield of a summer garden, while the symmetry of a specific leaf from a locust tree might be preserved in the form of a cyanotype. Rose Kretsinger’s Paradise Garden quilt forms a gigantic bouquet from brightly colored floral designs. Linda Samson Talleur and Denise Low examine not only the recognizable pattern of Flower Garden quilts but also the communal process of their construction as quilters use small hexagonal pieces to create a “flower.” In these natural forms, artists capture seasonal beauty through timeless patterns.