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Week #9 & #10, 2022

Rose & Magenta, 1957, oil on Masonite, 45” x 30”.

Lyle Bongé, Dusti Bongé Painting Rose & Magenta, 1957 Photograph, Paul Bongé Collection.

You may have noticed we skipped last week, March 1st, due to Mardi Gras celebrations. Our apologies, it’s always a slightly nutty time of the year. Now, today is International Women’s Day. So, this week we share with you a work of art and a photo celebrating the woman behind it. 

This painting is a quintessential example of abstract expressionism. It presents broad powerful brush strokes, deep colors, and one can sense the actual gestural act of painting. The work indeed features a wide swath of rose and magenta, adjacent colors in the color wheel, in a strong composition against a partly mustardy yellow background. A dark vertical fissure, just left of center, interrupts the large rose and magenta form, appearing almost like a scar. It also adds a sense of depth that goes far beyond the juxtaposition of foreground and background.

In the photograph, taken by Dusti Bongé's photographer son, Lyle Bongé, you can see Dusti working on this very painting in her studio in 1957, likely preparing for her next show at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York. She is contemplating her brush as if to ask it where to make her next mark. The broadness of the brush is evidence of the inherent expressive power and energy with which Dusti wielded it, a power and energy that this painting embodies. All in all, a powerful painting by a talented, strong woman.


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The definitive volume on artist Dusti Bongé, by J. Richard Gruber

Dusti Bongé, Art and Life: Biloxi, New Orleans, New York

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Dusti Bongé drawings. 

Shrimp Boats & Factories, Back Bay Biloxi I


Shrimp Boats & Factories, Back Bay Biloxi II

​12” x 16” drawing,  15” x 22” paper size

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