Two large shaped, abutted canvases. Four appendages (canvas over wood supports) splay out from the front of the work, representing the four legs of a table, as seen from beneath. Two wriggly red cartoonlike figures—just bulbous heads and long tails, interact with a similar, larger figure in blue, which is in broken (snapped) segments.

Force of Circumstance

Elizabeth Murray


  • Titles Force of Circumstance (for Simone de Beauvoir) (Former title)
  • Artist Elizabeth Murray, American, 1940 - 2007
  • Medium oil on canvas
  • Dimensions 124 x 152 x 13 in. (315 x 386.1 x 33 cm)
  • Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by the Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art; partial gift of PaceWildenstein in memory of the artist, 2008.103a-b, image © 2018 The Murray-Holman Family Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Work Type painting
  • Classification Paintings