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upper left in pen and black ink: II; upper right in pen and black ink: The Lapis in a / vertical position / Man - God / Soul - Spirit; center right in pen and red ink: 1. In order to see a vertical / one must be in front of it. / 2. Whatever is behind the / vertical is obliterated. / What is behind the / vertical is "unknown." / 3. Would it follow that / the vertical activates / the unknown - man and / God? / 4. could we say that the / first sensations of / space is through a / vertical perceptions?; lower center in pen and black ink: (a) a vertical perception / activates thinking and / feeling / (b) what is still wrong with / this picture is that it is an / abstraction of 2 dimensions / the image is not translated / as spherical and existing / in space.; lower right in pen and black ink: I. Rice Pereira / December 251954

Provenance

the artist, New York, NY; gift to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1968; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art