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Inscription

lower right in black ink: I. Rice Pereira / December 25 1954

text on image:
II / The Lapis in a vertical position / Man - God / Soul - Spirit
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?
(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.

Provenance

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

Exhibition History
1979
Women Artists from Washington Collections, University of Maryland, College Park, 1979
Bibliography
1957
Pereira, I. Rice. The Lapis. New York: George Wittenborn, 1957, p. 25.
1983
Simmons, Linda Crocker and with the assistance of Adrianne J. Humphrey, et al. American Drawings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Collages in the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1983: p. 202, no. 1361.