Big Leg

Drawing: Pastel and oil stick on wove paper
6 1/8 x 7 in.
Date: 1981

The Vogels developed a close relationship with Stewart Hitch in the 1970s. The artist dedicated a number of works to the couple, including Big Leg, which is inscribed on the back of the drawing, “for Herb.” The multi-pointed star was Hitch’s signature shape, which he executed freehand, its rough edges giving the drawing a raw, explosive quality. Hitch’s gestural strokes and dense application of oil stick create three distinct layers of the composition: the red star, an intricate web of thick, dark lines, and a bright background of orange, yellow, and blue.

All works by Stewart Hitch
RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design
Accession: 2009.59.10
  • The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Rhode Island. RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, July 20, 2012 – December 2, 2012.

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