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Questionable Place

Gladys Nilsson


watercolor and gouache on paper

24 1/2" x 29 2/3"

A skeptical woman—her ankles laced with the leash of her pet held by a tiny man on a stool with his own, smaller dog—peers out of the corner of a fantastically constructed room filled with improbable proportions and out-of-place openings. She seems to occupy a liminal space, straddling two distinct worlds. Saturated color fields, bounded by sharply drawn lines, drive our eye to look outward and consider the physical realities of this “questionable place.”


The Bill McClain Collection of Chicago Imagism