Esphyr Slobodkina

Honoring the Life and Art of a Pioneer of American Abstraction

The Ghost Story

The Ghost Story

Year: 1999
Type: Painting

Catalog #: SF_0002

Current Location:
Lewallen Galleries

Dimensions:
18 x 28 3/4

Slobodkina “fell in love with costume balls and costume creation” (ES Notes for A Biographer; Vol 1) as a teenager while working in her mother’s dress shop in Harbin, China. During the 1950s, the United States began to embrace Halloween as time for dress-up and costuming. The holiday became one Slobodkina relished as a vehicle to unleash her talents for creating outrageous costumes not just with form but with added function. While working on a costume in fall of 1999, Slobodkina was inspired to paint a series of works she called her ghost stories.