1958 - 1965

Hedda Sterne’s work of the late 1950s took on a distinctly less urban motif, inspired by various landscapes encountered while traveling. While living in Venice, Italy in 1963 and 1964 on a Fulbright fellowship, her previously frenetic abstractions became still, atmospheric lines conveying deep space.

“I get enormous pleasure out of very small contrasts. I don't know to what extent it is an emotional experience or an intellectual pleasure. You know there are knife-edge contrasts in my ‘Vertical-Horizontal’ pieces. This is what I enjoy — these very, very subtle distinctions in values.”