Following a 1981 trip to Egypt, where she amassed handfuls of beautifully printed papers, Dorothy Hood launched into a series of collages that were to occupy her for more than a decade. She found in collage an intimate, creative outlet that was less demanding than her large canvases, and she also appreciated the lineage of collage in both Cubist and Surrealist art. Reviewing Hood’s first exhibition of these new works in 1982, Mimi Crossley observed, “They are put together in surrealist compositions—a surrealism not made by juxtaposing images full of content, but created by placing shapes on shapes, texture against color, until a dreamlike world is born in toto.” Hood’s first collages tended to be vertical, with a compositional flow that was not dissimilar to her paintings. As the series evolved, however, Hood began to insert increasingly narrative elements.

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Dorothy Hood, American, 1918–2000
Near the Bay
Collage of charcoal, watercolor, and graphite on cut and pasted wove paper, torn and pasted kraft paper, metal foil, and cut and pasted wood engraving on wove paper, on four ply mat board
Sheet: 31 7/8 × 20 1/8 in. (81 × 51.1 cm)
Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meredith J. Long

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
Collage & Montage

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