Doll's Eyes (painting)

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

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


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 readingEdit

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