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Photo: Dan Wayne

Stanton Macdonald-Wright
Born 1890 in Charlottesville, VA
Died 1973 in Pacific Palisades, CA
Introspection, 1963-64
oil paint on canvas
60 x 35 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
1995.70
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Macdonald-Wright, along with painter Morgan Russell, founded Synchromism, an optically based system of painting anchored in orchestrating colors the way one would arrange musical notes. Their resulting works were among the first abstract paintings presented in the international arena. Macdonald-Wright's work was represented in the famous Armory Show of 1913. He was also recognized as a leading authority on ancient Chinese and Japanese art; Asian philosophy greatly influenced his later work.