Esphyr Slobodkina

Honoring the Life and Art of a Pioneer of American Abstraction

Boat Abstraction

Boat Abstraction

Year: 1938
Type: Painting

Catalog #: SF_0702

Current Location:
Naples Museum of Art

Exhibition History:

Second Annual Exhibition of the American Abstract Artist Group, 1938; “American Abstract Artists: The Early Years,” Sid Deutsch Gallery March, 1980-April 1981″Rediscovering Slobodkina: A Pioneer of American Abstraction,” Heckscher Museum, Huntington NY, Dec 2008-Mar 2009,
Samuel P. Harn Art Museum, Gainesville, FL, Jun 16 – Sept 6, 2009;
Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL, Oct 1 – Dec 29, 2009.
Sheldon Museum of Art, Licoln Nebraska, Jan-April 2010.

24 1/4 x 40 1/4

“By the spring of 1938, when our second annual exhibition took place, I was well in control of my new medium. My entry, a work simply entitled PAINTING [now known as Boat Abstraction], was a quite natural outgrowth of my most recent and most vivid experiences. The main motif is distinctly nautical, the predominant shape being reminiscent of a dinghy, surrounded with other forms vaguely evocative of rudders, pulleys, riggings and even rivets. All quite appropriate subject matter for a young woman who had just spent a deliriously happy summer among the simple maritime folk of Mohegan Island. The technique was straightforward, flat surface painting with oil on a gesso board. The black and white reproduction in the 1938 AAA Yearbook looked well” (Notes for a Biographer, Volume II, p. 469).