Broken Lullaby

Broken Lullaby

1999
Artist
Cecily Brown, British, 1969-
Born: London, England
Work Locations: New York, NY
painting
Oil paint on linen
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
2001.694

Cecily Brown
Broken Lullaby, 1999
Oil on linen
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2001.694

Dimensions
height: 100 in, 254.0000 cm; width: 110 in, 279.4000 cm
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art

Inspired by the great masters throughout the art historical canon, Cecily Brown’s canvases pay homage to the past while adding an abstract, feminine touch. In “Broken Lullaby,” we see an abstracted landscape of swirling blues, purples, whites, and blacks. The silhouettes of two figures emerge from the seemingly chaotic scene, one bending forward, exposing a bare backside, while the other stands and places a hand on the tailbone of the folding figure. As complex as the textures in the work are, an overwhelming sense of calm soothes the viewer, as the focus falls on the couple in the center. Brown offers an intimate glance into the connection shared by these two figures having a moment in a moonlit bayou landscape. 

Born in London in 1969, Cecily Brown studied art at the Slade School of Art. She currently lives and works in New York and is represented by Gagosian Gallery. 

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