opaque watercolor and watercolor on paper
Image: 10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.
Sheet: 10 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.
signed and dated l.r. in graphite: Bror Utter '49
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
© Pamela Arnoult
Utter worked within a small, dynamic group of artists and friends now known as the Fort Worth Circle which was the city’s avant-garde art community during the 1940s and 1950s. Like other members of the circle, Utter found creative inspiration in the allegorical imagery and organic abstractions of European surrealism, which he translated into his own unique visual vocabulary.
Evening Reflections is part of a group of early works that Utter called “embellished forms.” First exhibited in Fort Worth in 1946, these pictures are based loosely on the human figure. Dallas art critic Patricia Peck praised the series for its esoteric imagery, claiming that Utter had produced art that “arouses in the spectator some anonymous understanding that skirts the realm of the literal and lands squarely in the imagination.”
—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023)
Revealed Treasures: Drawings from the Permanent CollectionOctober 21, 2001–February 10, 2002
This exhibition of drawings spanning the 19th and 20th centuries represents the evolution of the medium from preliminary outlines for other artistic media to a modern means of self-expression in its own right.
An Expanding Vision: Six Decades of Works on PaperApril 22–August 22, 2021
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Carter, this exhibition revisits key moments in the Carter’s history of collecting works on paper, highlighting the museum’s path to becoming one of the finest collections of American art in the country.