Franz Kline, Blueberry Eyes, 1959-1960, oil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Woodward Foundation, 1982.57
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
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40 1/8 x 29 3/4 in. (101.9 x 75.6 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the Woodward Foundation
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