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And swallows circling with their shimmering sound
  • Matthew Day Jackson
    born 1974
    born: Panorama City, California, United States
  • And swallows circling with their shimmering sound, 2015–2016
  • There Will Come Soft Rains
  • Where object was made: United States
  • etching
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 496 x 305 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 19 1/2 x 12 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 685 x 521 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 26 15/16 x 20 1/2 in
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 498 x 307 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 19 5/8 x 12 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0024.03

Two cedar birds are perched on a vertical branch, one above the other. The branch extends from the bottom of the page in the left corner up to the bottom of the top right quadrant. In the background is an image of a pockmarked landscape. It is reminiscent of moon craters or a bombed wasteland. While the birds’ feathers are vibrant red, black, and white, the background is a faded blue/gray. Text below the image reads: “And swallows circling with their shimmering sound”. The scientific name for the birds is printed below the image: "Bombycilla carolinensis".