The Beginning

The Beginning

1960
Artist
Sonia Gechtoff, American, 1926-2018
Born: Philadelphia, PA
Work Locations: San Francisco, CA
Country
United States
abstract painting
Oil paint on canvas
Vance H. Kirkland Acquisition Fund
2015.62

Sonia Gechtoff, The Beginning, 1960. Denver Art Museum: Vance H. Kirkland Acquisition Fund, 2015.62. ©️ Estate of Sonia Gechtoff.

Dimensions
overall height: 69 in, 175.2600 cm; overall width: 83 in, 210.8200 cm
Inscription
Artist's name and date written on verso on canvas in TLC. Date and title written on wood crossbeam support.
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art
Sonia Gechtoff is recognized as an incredibly significant Bay Area abstract expressionist painter. Prior to creating “The Beginning,” the artist had spent time in Italy, where she was exposed to the fresco cycles of the early Renaissance artist Giotto. According to the artist, the work is intended to be a sort of Genesis story, influenced in particular by Giotto’s Arena Chapel in Padua. Her use of vibrant blues and expressive brushwork within “The Beginning” are evidence of the inspiration she found in Italy.