William Lewis: "Green Prairie" (1979)
Remarkable in his embrace of 20th century American Modernist themes, the works of William Lewis often depict dynamic ‘in media res’ settings. In “Green Prairie” (1979), Lewis presents a reinterpretation of what it means to be ‘in the midst of things’ through a sardonic cause-and-effect motif. The ghostly surrealist landscape, presented in a differentiated interior cutaway, unfolds as a scene of heterogeneous complexity in contrasting colors and textures. This active, layered representation allows the viewer to imagine that this earthly snapshot was captured mid-movement - Making it difficult to really identify if we are seeing landscape reclamation or deterioration. In “Green Prairie”, Lewis presents a reimagined pastoral genre landscape; In revealing an image that only exists within the circle of cause and effect, Lewis captures both finite and infinite depictions of nature’s rejoinder.
William Lewis, 1918-2020. “Green Prairie” 1979. Gouache and Watercolor on paper. Signed "W. Lewis" lower right. Image 28 1/2 x 20 1/2" high, framed 36 1/4 x 28 1/4" high overall.
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