Deus Ex Machina (Oil Study)

Deus Ex Machina (Oil Study)

1961
Type: Painting / Oil on gessoed Masonite

“Deus Ex Machina represents the power behind the throne, the three very different powers: the church, the military, and the monarchy…and the rest is machinery. It was collage. Then I laid the drawing…and put in color to go with the theme of the Spanish Inquisition [similar theme to Hand of Isabella, which was probably made around the same time]” (Slobodkina Interview, March 26, 1991, Tape I, Side I). Slobodkina points out a hand pulling an invisible cord.

In Exhibit: Caps for Sale & Other Great Tales, Oliver

Dimensions: H: 10  W: 12.25   
Display info: 1 of 2 Placement: 8

Exhibition History:

“Esphyr Slobodkina: An Introspective,” Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, February 16-March 18, 1984; Tufts show, 1992.

“Rediscovering Slobodkina: A Pioneer of American Abstraction,” Samuel P. Harn Art Museum, Gainesville, FL, Jun 16 – Sept 6, 2009; Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL, Oct 1 – Dec 29, 2009.

Catalog #: SF_0039