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Arts of North America

Art created in North America includes objects made by native cultures of the present-day United States and Canada; paintings and decorative arts produced during colonial times; 18th- and 19th-century masterpieces; and the work of contemporary artists and photographers.

© Estate of Richard DeVore
American, 1933 - 2006

14 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 10 1/8 inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Gift of Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio

Arts of North America

Richard DeVore works in porcelain and stoneware and is known for his organically shaped abstract forms that are at once powerful and fragile. In both form and glaze, his works boldly demonstrate a command of material that has been honed by years of experimentation. Since early in his career, DeVore's palette has consisted of flesh tones, ranging from blush to bone. The surfaces of his vessels often feature a delicate craquelure pattern that is created by painstakingly layering coats of glaze. Because of the varied techniques he uses to administer the glazes, DeVore’s pieces unfold in layers as they are continually explored.

This vessel’s undulating rim and graceful curves are reminiscent of Constantin Brancusi’s work as well as the marble sculpture of ancient Italy and Greece. During this early period, DeVore focused on the torso form. The anthropomorphic lines of this vessel clearly delineate the human anatomy and allow for a greater sense of intimacy between the viewer and the vessel.