Annie, Poured from Maple Syrup
Ed Ruscha (American, 1937-)
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Like many of the artists who moved to Los Angeles in the 1950s, Edward Ruscha was born and raised in the Midwest. His sardonic wit, developed during his childhood in Oklahoma City, joined with his hard-edge technique and vernacular subject matter to make him a leader of California Pop Art in the 1960s. As with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, his East Coast counterparts, Ruscha’s artistic training was rooted in commercial art. His interest in words and typography ultimately provided the primary subject of his paintings, prints and photographs. In Annie, Poured from Maple Syrup, the artist takes a widely recognizable text-subject, and with impeccable execution, offers a surreal and humorous slant on a word from contemporary popular culture.


  • Artist Name: Ed Ruscha (American, 1937-)
  • Title: Annie, Poured from Maple Syrup
  • Date: 1966
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 55 x 59 in. (139.7 x 149.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Men's Committee
  • Accession Number: P.1966.06
  • Copyright: © 2012 Edward Ruscha

Object Information

[Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, to];
Men's Committee of the Membership Council, Pasadena, gift 1966 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1966-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, 1975.

American Pop Art

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