Artist NameMarisol (Venezuelan and American, born France 1903-2016)
Date of Artwork1976
MediumColored pencils and pastels on black paper
SizePurchase, Barbara Doyle Duncan, class of 1943, Fund for Contemporary Latin American Drawings; 1977.8, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.

Further Information

This luminous pastel on black paper was the signature image for a Focus Gallery exhibition Fluid Ecologies: Hispanic Caribbean Art from the Loeb, co-curated by a faculty member in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies. The international career of the Venezuelan-American artist Marisol Escobar fit well with the exhibition, which aimed to show imagery that is, in the words of Professor Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, "a disavowal of the tropical Caribbean as a tourist's paradise" and focused instead on "art created from the crossroads of the world." Through lush colored pencil, crayon, and pastel on black paper, Marisol portrayed hands that appear to caress one another and the page, with limbs radiating colorful halos that enhance the effect of sensuous movement.