The University of Iowa University of Iowa

Crossing, 1947

Oil and mixed media on canvas

Lil Picard Collection, University of Iowa Museum of Art   985.1999

The word crossing probably had several meanings for Picard. It could refer to the literal crossing of the ocean from Europe to Manhattan by Hans O’Dell and Picard in 1937 when they escaped from Germany. The painting presents a composition comprised of a rough grid, 3 by 4 squares, with a central cross-like armature, appearing as a kind of kinetic butterfly floating in a sea of gray. Layers of primary colored and black and white shapes interact with found cardboard, fabric, metal and wire.