Basque Beach


Helen Frankenthaler, American, b. New York City, 1928–2011

Oil and charcoal on canvas, 58 5/8 × 69 5/8 in. (148.8 × 176.8 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.1935

The artist, St. Jean de Luz, France, July 1958
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, October 1958-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
ADELPHI COLLEGE, Garden City, NY. May Festival, 30 April-22 May 1959.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Sao Paulo, Brazil. V Bienal, 21 September-31
December 1959, no. 63.
Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975 (work on display: 12 April-15 September 1975- hung halfway through to replace Jimmy Ernst, Papageno).
ROSE ART MUSEUM, Brandeis University, MA. Frankenthaler: The 1950s, 10 May-28
June 1981, no. 36, p. 45.
DUKE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART, Durham, North Carolina. "Paintings of the 50s: Another Look, a loan of twenty-one paintings from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden," 3 October-27 November 1983, p. 16.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. Frankenthaler: The Early Years,
16 January-3 May 1998. TOUR: MUSEO GUGGENHEIM BILBAO, 6 June-4 October 1998.
MUSEO THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA, Madrid. "Monet y la Abstraccion" 23 February - 30 May 2010.

Published References:
ROSE, BARBARA. Frankenthaler (New York: Harry Abrams, 1972) fig. 59, p. 129.
MINEMURA, TOSHIAKI. "When Illusion Becomes a Painting," Mizue 6/879 (June
1978) ill.
SANDLER, IRVING. The New York School: The Painters and Sculptors of the Fifties
(New York: Harper and Row, 1978) fig. 29.
PARK, EDWARDS. Treasures of the Smithsonian (Washington D.C.: Smithsonian
Books, 1983) ill.
CHAPPARO, JACQUELINE and MARY ANN TROST. Reading Literature (Evanston,
IL: McDougal, Littell & Company, 1985) p. 276.
ELDERFELD, JOHN. Frankenthaler (New York: Harry Abrams, 1989) p. 125.
SMITH, ROBERTA. "Showing the Way to the Vanguard at the Guggenheim," New
York Times (16 January 1998).
UNSIGNED. Guggenheim Bilbao Promotional Pamphlet for After Mountains and Sea:
Frankenthaler 1956-1959, 1998, cover.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Abstract Expressionism (Second Generation)/Formalist Abstraction