oil on canvas on wood
United States
Overall: 120 × 107 × 3 1/2 in. (304.8 × 271.78 × 8.89 cm)

“I think my paintings are a kind of dream, and about dreaming.” —Elizabeth Murray

Murray’s lively painting style, poised on the line between figuration and abstraction, played an important part in reinvigorating painting in the late 1970s and 1980s. Her complex paintings—often multipaneled and irregularly shaped—monumentalize domestic objects and incidents, from teacups and tables to crying babies and family chaos. The stretched and distorted figure in Summer Wind (the dark form at the bottom whose ribbon arms and akimbo legs spread across the image) reshapes our concept of space and perspective and evokes associations ranging from a reclining figure engaged in breezy summer dreams to classical images of fallen heroes, their heads lowered toward the ground.

signed on verso of part 1: "Summer Wind", Elizabeth Murray; Fall 1997
Sydney and Frances Lewis Endowment Fund
Elizabeth Murray, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, October 23, 2005 – January 29, 2006

Elizabeth Murray: Recent Paintings, Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY, February 12 – March 13, 1999

Winter Group Show, Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY, December 19, 1997 – January 24, 1998
Collection of the artist; (PaceWildenstein, New York) by 1999; Purchased by Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Richmond, Virginia in May of 1999. [1]

[1] Accessioned May 20, 1999. Accession record located in VMFA Curatorial file.
©artist or artist’s estate

Some object records are not complete and do not reflect VMFA's full and current knowledge. VMFA makes routine updates as records are reviewed and enhanced.