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German-born Hilla Rebay was an accomplished artist, as well as the founding director and curator of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, later named the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Though trained as a classical portraitist, Rebay embraced the idea of non-objective art—nonrepresentational art with no links to the material world—as both an aesthetic style and a manifestation of spirituality. Rebay produced a prolific array of paintings and works on paper during her long career. Composition I is a dynamic canvas energized by bold colors and shapes and intensified in the foreground by a curvilinear form, a motif representing the strength of the artist's emotions that repeatedly occurs throughout her work.—Karole Vail