The Rose 1958-1966
oil on canvas with wood and mica
128 3/4 x 92 1/4 inches
Estate no. E1000

In 1958, three years after finding a large studio space on Fillmore Street, DeFeo began two of her hallmark works, The Rose and The Jewel. DeFeo finished The Jewel in 1959, and until 1966 she worked almost exclusively on The Rose. No known drawings exist from this time except for preparatory works related to The Rose. The surfaces of both massive works feature deep crevices and accretions, particularly The Rose, which projects almost a foot off the canvas support. Physically and emotionally exhausted after completing The Rose, DeFeo ceased making art for approximately three years.


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