Drawing: Watercolor, balsa wood, thread, nails, and glue on wove paper
8 1/16 x 14 1/8 x 1/4 in.
Date: 1974-1975

Richard Francisco caught the Vogels’s attention with his whimsical compositions in watercolor and balsa wood. Despite the inclusion of sturdy perpendicular planes of wood in Place, the delicate washes of warm watercolor, the softened pyramidal form, and the thin black thread that drapes loosely through the construction project a sense of fragility. The Vogels felt that Francisco, a California native, brought a fresh point of view to their collection, which was dominated by New York–based artists.

All works by Richard Francisco
RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design
Accession: 2009.59.6
  • The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Rhode Island. RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, July 20, 2012 – December 2, 2012.

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