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COVER Chuck Close's Maggie (1996). Oil on canvas, 30 by 24 inches (76.2 by 61.0 cm). Reduced to 44 percent of actual size and cropped. This painting demonstrates that the perception of shape depends on the size of the image. Compare its appearance from far to near, as the solid face collapses into flat squares. See page 844 [Photograph of painting by Ellen Page Wilson. Courtesy of PaceWildenstein]

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