Black Shore Dunes
ca. 1955-1965 Seong Moy Born: Canton, China 1921 brush and ink and ink wash on paper sheet and image: 19 5/8 x 24 1/8 in. (49.8 x 61.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist © 1965, Seong Moy 1969.35.28 Not currently on view
The gestural lines of Black Shore Dunes recalls the calligraphic lines of Chinese landscape drawings. Moy was born in China and came to the United States when he was ten years old. He owned a home in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he spent summers. The beaches of Provincetown are distinguished by vast stretches of dunes where many artists spent long hours drawing and painting. Although this drawing appears to be entirely abstract, careful examination reveals dunes in the lower half and a sun in the upper left corner of the composition. The black washes suggest the humid atmosphere, while the quickly drawn lines give a sense of open, windswept spaces.
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009
paper - wove paper