1959-1960 Franz Kline Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1910 Died: New York, New York 1962 oil on paperboard 40 1/8 x 29 3/4 in. (101.9 x 75.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Woodward Foundation 1982.57 Not currently on view
The centralized green, black, and red strokes set against a blue field in Blueberry Eyes project the aspect of a figure against a background space. The energy here is electric, even joyous. In a rare acknowledgment of a specific source, Kline told the painting’s first owner that he named the composition for the color of the eye shadow worn by his companion when she returned from a trip to Paris.
Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
paint - oil