Cameron Booth (1892-1980) Between the Sun and Me 1949 Oil on canvas 42 inches x 46 inches (106.68 cm x 116.84 cm) Lent by Cameron Booth to Minneapolis Institute of Art Exhibition number L58.530 Bertha Shaefer Gallery, New York, New York Private Collection, Minnesota Sold Cameron Booth created this iconic painting in 1949 and exhibited it at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 1958. The painting went on to be showcased at the legendary Bertha Shaefer Gallery in New York City. Booth painted "Between the Sun and Me" during an intensely creative time in his career. His began to focus on more abstract paintings and was intrigued by his exposure to the Abstract Expressionists while living in New York City. It was created after he returned to Minneapolis from New York where he was absorbed by the surrounding ethos and was drawn to the aesthetic advances of Abstract Expressionism that was being made. "Between the Sun and Me" generates an eloquent dialogue between abstract painting and recognizable forms. The spontaneity, energy and dynamism of the painting are elements of Abstract Expressionism, while the representational nature of the painting creates a poetic symbolism similar to the artworks of Joan Miro. The painting features a colorful, carnival like palette of ochres, reds, blues, greens, and pinks. A celestial body with elongated limbs is made up of swirling blocks of color interspersed with recognizable objects such as horses. The title helps identify the sun in the background, depicted with a wonderful ochre color and accentuating the dynamic scene. Booth created a tight painting by constricting space with beautiful progressions of color and interlocking forms. This complex composition enhances the rhythmic nature of the painting.