Cross Hill Road, Winter


Maureen Gallace ( American, 1960 )

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General Description

At first glance, Maureen Gallace's paintings appear to be quiet, simple depictions of New England cottages, diversified mostly by the seasons of the year. However, while her subjects are recognizable, even quintessentially American, they are not entirely comforting. Absent of people, the scenes depicted in Gallace's paintings mysteriously lack intimacy. Wet-on-wet brush strokes introduce peculiarities into the works-houses without windows or doors, roads without any direction, foliage overtaking buildings-that make otherwise quaint views feel lonesome and uneasy, and the privacy implied in these places begins to seem more like exclusion.

Adapted from

Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 55.

Web Resources

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Get to know the artist through the Artist Project, including a video clip of Gallace discussing works at the Met, images of her work, and a brief biography.