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Grace Hartigan (1922-2008)
Wedding Day
signed and dated 'Hartigan '65' (lower right); signed again, titled and dated again '"WEDDING DAY" HARTIGAN '65' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
70¼ x 50 in. (178.4 x 127 cm.)
Painted in 1965.

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"The remarkable thing about Hartigan's paintings is that she has been quoting past art since her earliest work. A the time Hartigan took on this practice in the early 1950s, it was a bold and even brave move to have made. In looking to past art for answers to her avant-garde painting, she took a chance that most, especially her fellow Abstract Expressionists, would not. But it worked." (S. Hirsh, Grace Hartigan: Painting Art History, exh. cat., Seattle, 2003, p. 6).

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