Vase with Flowers
Etel Adnan (American; Lebanese, 1925 – 2021)
MediumInk on paper
DimensionsSheet/image : 24 x 18 in. (60.96 x 45.72 cm)
Mat : 30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 60.96 cm)
Credit LineGift of Martha Ramage, in honor of Etel Adnan
LabelEtel 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.