R. B. Kitaj / The Cleveland Indian / 1995-1998R. B. Kitaj
The Cleveland Indian

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Creator Name: Kitaj, R. B.
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1932
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: R. B. Kitaj
Title: The Cleveland Indian
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1995
Creation End Date: 1998
Creation Date: 1995-1998
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 182.9cm x 61cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1998.179
Credit Line: Gift of Agnes Gund
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Context: R. B. Kitaj (American, born 1932)The Cleveland Indian, 1995-98Oil on canvasGift of Agnes Gund 1998.179Cleveland-born artist R. B. Kitaj has nurtured a life-long infatuation with baseball. Like many Cleveland fans, he waited more than 40 years for his hometown team to win a championship. When the Indians won the American League pennant in 1995, he began to work on The Cleveland Indian-the first painting he completed after moving to Los Angeles in 1997 from London, his home for 38 years. The solitary figure is not meant to be a portrait of a specific player, but refers to the team and its players in a general way. The figure's posture was inspired by a batter depicted in a small watercolor by Thomas Eakins (Baseball Players, Practicing, in 1875). Kitaj also relied on recent numerous newspaper articles and photographs to refine his rendering, yet he kept the background ambiguous, giving free rein to his interest in abstract forms, expressive brushwork, and vivid color.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1998.179
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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