RedoubtArtist(s)Charles CloughObject Creation Date1990Medium & Supportoil on canvasDimensions
6 ft. x 5 ft. 2 in. (182.88 x 157.48 cm)Credit LineThe Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the Nation Gallery of Art, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library ServicesLabel copy
United States, born 1951
Oil on canvas
The word “redoubt” is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as:
a. A small work projecting from or within a bastion or ravelin (now only in detached redoubt). In later use chiefly: an enclosed fieldwork or outwork, having little or no flanking defences.
b. An entrenched stronghold or refuge; = REDUIT n. 2.
2. fig. or in figurative context. A stronghold, retreat, or refuge.
3. a. An entertainment consisting of music and dancing, esp. a masked ball. Now hist.
b. A public assembly hall used for gambling and entertainments. Obs.Physical Description
High-gloss abstract expressionist painting of a large Africa-shaped form in red against black ground. Clough’s unique way of applying paint to the canvas results in a highly articulated and densely textured surface. “In place of the brush and other typical painter's tools, Clough uses an instrument he calls the ‘Big Finger,’ a large balloon-like contraption that he invented to spread poured house enamel on masonite into broad gestural constellations.” (Max Henry, “charles clough,” http://www.artnet.com/magazine_pre2000/reviews/henry/henry2-5-99.asp)Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object TypeabstractCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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oil painting (technique)