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Photo: Dan Wayne

Grace Hartigan
Born 1922 in Newark, NJ
Lives and works in Baltimore, MD
The Massacre, 1952
oil paint on canvas
81 x 130 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
1995.38
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Hartigan was part of New York’s Abstract Expressionist movement during the 1950s. Hartigan’s gestural paint strokes are an excellent example of the physical nature of the Abstract Expressionists’ painting style. By the late 1950s she had become well known and was the only woman included in the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition The New American Painting, which traveled to eight European countries.