Way Down Blue

  • Balcomb Greene, Way Down Blue, 1945, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.44

Luce Center Label

Many of the lines and shapes in Balcomb Greene’s abstract paintings suggest recognizable forms. In Way Down Blue the zigzagging line through the center of the image evokes the horizon of a surreal landscape, and the curved black shape to the left resembles a female figure standing against a long white wall. Greene created a dramatic sense of depth by painting the white shapes so that they appear to recede into the distance. He plays with the relationships between the forms, painting lines and shadows to highlight the space between them.

Luce Object Quote

“When you paint nature, you realize how humble you are, how dependent on it you are.” Greene, quoted in Hale and Hale, The Art of Balcomb Greene, 1977

Title
Way Down Blue
Artist
Date
1945
On View
Dimensions
20 x 29 15/16 in. (50.8 x 76.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Figure female
Object Number
1986.92.44
Palette
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