Blueberry Eyes

  • 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

Title
Blueberry Eyes
Artist
Date
1959-1960
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
40 1829 34 in. (101.975.6 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
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