Vase with Flowers


Artist
Etel Adnan (American; Lebanese, 1925 – 2021)
Date
1988
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
Sheet/image : 24 x 18 in. (60.96 x 45.72 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Martha Ramage, in honor of Etel Adnan
Object Number
2020.103.2

Label
Etel Adnan was a writer, poet and visual artist who lived variously in Lebanon, France and the United States over the course of her long life. A committed feminist and advocate for modern Arab culture, Adnan came out publicly as a lesbian in 1972 and lived the rest of her life with her partner Simone Fattal, who is also an artist. This sensitively rendered line drawing depicting a vase of flowers was inspired by Adnan’s interest in the graphic qualities of traditional Islamic calligraphy and illuminated manuscripts.

Object Type
Drawing
Academic Themes
LGBTQ+