acrylic on sewn cloth
66 x 72,4 x 17,7 cm (26 x 28 1/2 x 7 in.)
verso signed, dated and titled
Sam Gilliam created Musketeers (1998) as a thematic iteration on his 1997 show at Baumgartner Gallery in D.C. entitled “Five New Drape Paintings (The Three Musketeers).” Although the works included were on a smaller scale than the more monumental Drape paintings hung from ceilings, they are particularly powerful through their allusions to the body. Enlisted with the help of a former tailor when making these works, Gilliam endowed a physical and almost spiritual sense of presence to the garment-like pieces. This piece in particular recalls a coat or jacket given the upper shoulder-like folds and the sleeve-like appearance of the fabric in the middle.