Jacqueline Gourevitch


Artist: Jacqueline Gourevitch

Title/Date: Untitled 108, 1973

Description of the work: This lithography bleed by Jacqueline Gourevitch strongly resembles passing clouds.  Known primarily for her cloud paintings, these abstracted figures easily resemble her favorite subject. Using a slightly tinted background of the lightest hue of pink, dark images seemingly move across the substrate. The left side is heavy, with two cloud shapes, which gather together with variations of black, greys, and hints of blue. A smaller shape appears on the right side, with a few whips that strut in-between. A lithograph bleed refers to the extra ink area that crosses the trim line in a print, but in this case it allows for variations in the ink, which aid in abstraction.  In The bleed provides a texture that seems to model into the shapes depth and volume. It could be a topographical map of islands and mountains, or as Gourevitch loves, billowing clouds.

Artist Biography: Jacqueline Gourevitch was born Jacqueline Hermann in Paris in1933. Her parents moved to New York when she was a child and she attended a High School of Music and Art.  At age 16, she knew she wanted to become a painter, and signed up for a summer program at Black Mountain College in located nearby in upstate New York. The school had “Bauhaus” curriculum, and was unrestrained by conventional structures and rigid guidelines, and focused on experimental art. Gourevitch studied with Theodoros Stamos who taught both a classical and abstract approach to painting. Her class with Clement Greenberg on art criticism had a lasting impact on her work. She learned about the flatness of the picture plane and ways to establish a linear progression leaning on Manet and culminating with impressions of Mondrian. The environment was free and promoted creativity. 

After High School, Gourevitch attended the University of Chicago from 1951-57 and received a BA in liberal arts and art history. She took some courses at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Art Students’ League, but never went for MFA degree. She married Victor Gourevitch in 1954, who later taught philosophy at Wesleyan University, and they had two sons, Marc a physician and Philip a writer. Gourevitch taught painting at Wesleyan University from 1978-89 and drawing at Cooper Union from 1989-92, as well as taught at Vassar College, Berkley, and Hartford.  She has won numerous awards and grants, had 24 solo- shows and dozens of group shows throughout the United States.

Gouveritch’s paintings are based on observation, memory and invention. Her works invites close scrutiny and reveal themselves gradually over time, allowing for surprise and inquiry. She has an interest in appearances, how images fit together, both the real and the unreal, nature and constructed environments.  In a series, she creates compositions that complement one another, and are painted over long periods of time. She is known for her paintings of the sky and clouds, but also uses the city as subject matter and utilizes both abstraction and realism as a tool to capture them. She has written “… sky has always been central to my painting. It is inexhaustible. It is always there. Observing the sky inevitably leads to reflection about the fugitive, the recurring, the abiding… My painting has always been of and about nature, and intensely concerned with its translation into paint.”


Signed: Lower left pencil

Date and dimension: 1973;Print: 24×18″ Mat: 34×27″ Window: 24.5×18.5″

Medium:  lithograph-bleed image

Accession # and Acquisition Date: 1985.01.17

Condition: Good

Provenance and Exhibitions: Part of the University Art Gallery’s permanent collections at New Mexico State University. Currently not on view

Framed or Flat: Flat in a mat

Current location: Piece is part of the University Art Gallery’s permanent collections at New Mexico State University.

Bibliography: Gourevitch, Jacqueline. “Statement.” Jacqueline Gourevitch. 2016. Accessed November 20, 2016. http://jacquelinegourevitch.com.

“Biography.” Black Mountain College Project. 2002. Accessed November 20, 2016. http://blackmountaincollegeproject.org/Biographies/HERRMANNgourevitchJacquelineBIO/HERRMANNgourevitchJacquelineBIO.htm.

Reproductions: UNK

Researched By: Felicia Castro, 25 November 2016.