, Children Meeting
, 1978. Oil on canvas, 101 3/16 × 127 in. (257 × 322.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President 78.34
Elizabeth Murray’s playful, abstract
shapes are often sourced from cartoons, which had interested the artist since she was a child. In some of her work, Murray put the parts of her paintings together like giant puzzle pieces. Others, like Children Meeting
, have shapes that overlap. The zigzag line that runs through the painting, connecting the forms, recalls the signs used by cartoonists to show motion or surprise. In this painting, the lines seem to go into one part of a shape and then out again, perhaps like children running from one group of friends to another.