Beach Profile

  • David Park, Beach Profile, 1953, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin, 2005.5.58

In Beach Profile Park has reoriented a traditional beach scene ninety degrees, upending the normal orientation of sea and sand. This spatial distortion, which eliminates horizon and sky, reinforces the dramatic contrast in scale between the landscape and the profile. While the distance seems great, the lengthening shadow cast by the small figure on the beach touches the observer’s shoulder, suggesting a connection. The ambiguous relationship between the figures and the truncated space create a sense of mystery.

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
Title
Beach Profile
Artist
Date
1953
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
33 3829 34 in. (84.875.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
Object Number
2005.5.58
Palette
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