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Inscription

lower right in black ink: I. Rice Pereria / December 24 1954

text on image:
III Vertical View of the Lapis from above / Mediaeval [sic] Image of the world-view
The Point would be the center if one saw the whole image as a circle. Also one would have to be suspended or above the image
1/2 of the vertical would be out of view and it would activate an unknown depth (hell)
from this image could we conclude that everything 'unknown' would be in the depth of feeling?
1/2 of the vertical is off-center when seen from above
In order to transcribe an inner image of a complete circle in 2 dimensions one must be above the picture. This is so because one sees the picture in depth. But what happens to a vertical perception of the Lapis with horizontal? Only a separation of the space of the heavens.

Provenance

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

Bibliography
1957
Pereira, I. Rice. The Lapis. New York: George Wittenborn, 1957, p. 27.
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. 1362.