Grace Hartigan, Mott Street, 1989. Oil on canvas, 78x72 inches.
Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1922.
In paintings such as Mott Street, Grace Hartigan searches for
abstract and figurative meaning in her "inner-" and "outer-world" sources.
The fragmentary components, combining figurative line with abstract washes
of color, reflect the confusion in society after World War II. Hartigan
asks, "Here we had gone through this holocaust and for what? What is there
left? What was left was a private conscience, an individual searching
his or her feelings, and making a move into an unknown...For the painters
the unknown was a blank area or space...We had a very strong sense of
being American, of being pioneers again, creative pioneers."