Now on view in the Post – 1950 American Gallery
Walter Tandy Murch
American, 1907 – 1967
Resting Rock, 1961
Oil on canvas
Marion Stratton Gould Fund, 98.78
Walter Murch’s poetic depictions of objects—clocks, gears, light bulbs, tools, stones—defy easy categorization. Amidst his contemporaries in the 1950s and 1960s, Murch’s indefinable style was uniquely his own. Yet, like his Abstract Expressionist peers, he focused on the act of painting itself, and like the Pop artists, he celebrated the lowly, everyday object.
Murch was good friends with another outlier artist, Joseph Cornell, whose The Admiral’s Game is on display nearby. The two shared an interest in the poetic significance of mundane objects. Through their eyes, a common object like a rock or a scrap of weathered wood is transformed into something enigmatic and extraordinary.
~ Jess Marten, Curator of American Art