Elizabeth Murray (American, September 6, 1940 – August 12, 2007)
DimensionsSheet/image : 4 ft. 10 in. x 36 in. (1.5 m x 91.44 cm)
Frame : 5 ft. 2 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1.6 x 1 m)
Credit LineGift of Richard '52 and Margaret '52 Kruizenga
LabelOriginally from Chicago, Elizabeth Murray earned a reputation in New York in the early 1980s for her distinctive fusion of Cubism, Expressionism and Surrealism. She is best known for depicting domestic objects such as teacups, clocks and shoes on an exaggerated scale and from odd angles, using vivid colors and dynamic gestural brushwork. This image of liquid sloshing out of a glass exemplifies many key aspects of Murray’s art. Murray’s importance in late 20th century American art was confirmed by a 2006 retrospective at the Museum of Modern art, an honor that museum only rarely gives to living artists.