Mary Henry, b. 1913
The Tagus
1992

Acrylic on canvas
60" x 72"

Seattle City Light Portable Works Collection


For Mary Henry, abstract art best portrays thoughts that lie deepest in our psyche. "This is art of the mind, art of the inner eye. The world is a chaotic visual feast. Yet as I matured, I began to perceive the geometry of all life, from its infinitesimally small parts to the structure of the universe," says Henry. "In my paintings I wanted clarity and order, and so I constructed them as I would a piece of architecture. 'Perfection of structure' might well be the words I work by."