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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1989

Oil on paper

23h x 29w in

EM012

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1988

Oil on paper

29h x 23w in

EM015

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Emily Mason

Little Red, 1989

Oil on paper

23h x 29w in

EM013

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Emily Mason

And Miles To Go, 1989

Oil on paper

23h x 29w in

EM014

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1979

Oil on paper

14 3/8h x 14 3/8w in

EM011

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1966

Oil on paper

23h x 29 1/8w in

EM024

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1966

Oil on paper

28 5/8h x 22 5/8w in

EM010

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1970

Oil on paper

11 3/4h x 14 5/8w in

EM003

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1971

Oil on paper

14 3/4h x 11 3/4w in

EM001

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1968

Oil on paper

14 3/8h x 11 1/2w in

EM022

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1971

Oil on paper

11 3/4h x 14 3/4w in

EM021

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1966

Oil on paper

23h x 29 1/8w in

EM026

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1966

Oil on paper

36 1/8h x 19 7/8w in

EM025

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Emily Mason

Transitive and Cool, 1980

Oil on paper

14 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

EM017

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Emily Mason

La Mer, 1962

Oil and pastel on paper

15 3/4h x 25 3/4w in

EM007

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1980

Oil on paper

14 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

EM016

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Emily Mason

Manhattan Schist, 1976

Oil on paper

14 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

EM020

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Emily Mason

Vivid One, 1977

Oil on paper

14 3/8h x 14 3/8w in

EM018

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Emily Mason

Tinder in the Sun, 1977

Oil on paper

14 1/2h x 14 3/8w in

EM019

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Emily Mason

Eclipse, 1968

Oil on paper

13h x 8w in

EM002

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1968

Oil on paper

11 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

EM004

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1967

Oil on paper

7 5/8h x 13 5/8w in

EM023

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Emily Mason

lust After, 1967

Oil on paper

8h x 13 1/8w in

EM027

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1962

Oil and pastel on paper

18 3/4h x 25 3/4w in

EM008

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Emily Mason

Reach, 1962

Oil and pastel on paper

19 1/4h x 25w in

EM009

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Emily Mason

Untitled, 1989

Oil on paper

23h x 29w in

EM012

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1988

Oil on paper

29h x 23w in

EM015

Emily Mason

Little Red, 1989

Oil on paper

23h x 29w in

EM013

Emily Mason

And Miles To Go, 1989

Oil on paper

23h x 29w in

EM014

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1979

Oil on paper

14 3/8h x 14 3/8w in

EM011

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1966

Oil on paper

23h x 29 1/8w in

EM024

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1966

Oil on paper

28 5/8h x 22 5/8w in

EM010

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1970

Oil on paper

11 3/4h x 14 5/8w in

EM003

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1971

Oil on paper

14 3/4h x 11 3/4w in

EM001

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1968

Oil on paper

14 3/8h x 11 1/2w in

EM022

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1971

Oil on paper

11 3/4h x 14 3/4w in

EM021

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1966

Oil on paper

23h x 29 1/8w in

EM026

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1966

Oil on paper

36 1/8h x 19 7/8w in

EM025

Emily Mason

Transitive and Cool, 1980

Oil on paper

14 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

EM017

Emily Mason

La Mer, 1962

Oil and pastel on paper

15 3/4h x 25 3/4w in

EM007

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1980

Oil on paper

14 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

EM016

Emily Mason

Manhattan Schist, 1976

Oil on paper

14 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

EM020

Emily Mason

Vivid One, 1977

Oil on paper

14 3/8h x 14 3/8w in

EM018

Emily Mason

Tinder in the Sun, 1977

Oil on paper

14 1/2h x 14 3/8w in

EM019

Emily Mason

Eclipse, 1968

Oil on paper

13h x 8w in

EM002

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1968

Oil on paper

11 1/2h x 14 1/2w in

EM004

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1967

Oil on paper

7 5/8h x 13 5/8w in

EM023

Emily Mason

lust After, 1967

Oil on paper

8h x 13 1/8w in

EM027

Emily Mason

Untitled, 1962

Oil and pastel on paper

18 3/4h x 25 3/4w in

EM008

Emily Mason

Reach, 1962

Oil and pastel on paper

19 1/4h x 25w in

EM009

Bio

EMILY MASON was born in New York City in 1932. She graduated from New York City’s High School of Music and Art and studied at Bennington College for two years before attending and graduating from the Cooper Union. She spent 1956-58 in Italy on a Fulbright grant for painting, where she studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Venice.

During Mason’s two-year stay in Italy she married the painter Wolf Kahn, whom she had met earlier in New York. Mason and Kahn’s daughter, Cecily Kahn, is also an abstract painter, as was Emily Mason’s mother, Alice Trumbull Mason, a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group in New York.

Mason spent more than six decades exploring her distinctive vein of lyrical, luminous abstraction. Her paintings executed in oil are distinguished by a sense of intriguing intimacy combined with uncompromising, though gentle, intensity. They evince a sense of structure within open, luminous space and juxtapose robust color harmonies with vivid contrasts that create an engaging optical vibration. Robert Berlind said of her in Art in America, “Mason works within the improvisational model of Abstract Expressionism, though notably without angst or bravado.”

Mason exhibited steadily throughout her career since she emerged on the Tenth Street gallery scene with multiple exhibitions at the Area Gallery in New York City in the 1960s. In 1979, she was awarded the Ranger Fund Purchase Prize by the National Academy. She taught painting at Hunter College for more than thirty years. Her work has been included in numerous public and private collections.

Emily Mason: The Fifth Element, a comprehensive treatment of her work by Art in America associate managing editor David Ebony, was published in 2006 by George Braziller publishers. A second monograph, Emily Mason: The Light in Spring, was published in 2015 by University Press of New England.

Emily Mason died in December of 2019 in Brattleboro, Vermont.