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Adele Becker b. 1929, Images #5, 1973; oil on linen, 40 x 49 7/8 inches (frame: 40 7/8 x 50 7/8 inches); Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Richard H. Adler, 1984

Adele Becker b. 1929, Images #5, 1973; oil on linen, 40 x 49 7/8 inches (frame: 40 7/8 x 50 7/8 inches); Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Richard H. Adler, 1984

Images #5 uses a multitude of colors to suggest the presence of sound waves and energy. Adele Becker has often compared her art to music and said the content is much like rhythm, harmony, and movement. Though she is mostly known for her landscape paintings, this is one example of her non-objective work. The Buffalo-born artist has remained a city resident. She studied at the Albright Art School and eventually became a member of both the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Patteran Society.

For Children:

Adele Becker was born in Buffalo and has lived here her entire life. She likes to use music as inspiration for her paintings and has used many different kinds of paint in her works. What kind of art does your home town inspire you to make? What do the shapes in the painting resemble? Do you ever use music to help you work or inspire with ideas?

— Emily Simms, 2015