Blueberry Eyes

  • Franz Kline, Blueberry Eyes, 1959-1960, oil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Woodward Foundation, 1982.57

Exhibition Label

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

Title
Blueberry Eyes
Artist
Date
1959-1960
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
40 1/8 x 29 3/4 in. (101.9 x 75.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Woodward Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1982.57
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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