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Composition III by Ragnhild Keyser
Composition III by Ragnhild Keyser

Composition III, 1926

Ragnhild Keyser

A harmonious composition of curving and rectilinear forms are superimposed against a two-toned, muted background. While this composition is abstract, you’ll recognize familiar objects: the curving bodies of vases and the angular shapes of books. The design contains contrasts in color and shape as well as a pleasing unity and balance. The artist studied in Paris and was influenced by both Cubist ideas of breaking forms into geometric planes and the Russian Constructivists’ ideas of art as a medium to emphasize objects’ spatial presence.

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Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. Gift of Collection Société Anonyme
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