Doll's Eyes (painting)

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Doll's Eyes
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ArtistEllen Gallagher
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensions151.77 cm × 95.89 cm (59.75 in × 37.75 in)
LocationRose Art Museum, Waltham

Doll's Eyes is a painting by Ellen Gallagher. It is in the collection of the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts.


The painting comprises hundreds, if not thousands, of painted eyeballs that look like googley eyes from toys and dolls. From far away it looks like just a wave of pastel and grey shades, but upon closer inspection, the viewer will see the eyes.[1]


The painting was acquired by the Rose Art Museum in 1993. It was a gift from Mrs. William H. Fineshriber, Jr. of New York.[1] Doll's Eyes was part of a Gallagher's 2013 solo show at the Tate Modern titled "Your truths are self-evident. Ours, a mystery."[2]


Art critic Basia Lewandowska Cummings described the painting as recalling "the work of American minimalist Agnes Martin" after she viewed the piece at the Tate Modern.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Doll's Eyes". Object Details. Rose Art Museum. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Cummings, Basia Lewandowska. "Review of Ellen Gallagher's Tate Modern show: "Your truths are self-evident. Ours, a mystery"". Africa Is A Country. Retrieved 8 February 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Wilson, Judith. "Sniffing Elephant Bones: The Poetics of Race in the Art of Ellen Gallagher." Callaloo. 19(2):337-339. January 996.