Grace Hartigan, Frank O'Hara, 1926-1966, 1966, oil on linen, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Grace Hartigan, 1967.129
Hartigan and O'Hara had recently reconciled when the poet was killed in a beach accident, and Hartigan painted this work as a memorial to him. The hot and cold colors and slashing black lines capture the tangled emotions of their friendship and the tensions of the creative world they shared. O'Hara may have believed that painting should be purely abstract, but Hartigan had the last word. She included a figure of the poet, striding through the thicket of strokes on the canvas.
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Frank O'Hara, 1926-1966
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- Not on view.
80 1/8 x 80 in. (203.4 x 203.2 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Grace Hartigan
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- oil on linen
- Portrait male – O'hara, Frank
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