Study for "Painting with Two Balls"


Jasper Johns, American, b. Augusta, Georgia, 1930

Charcoal, pastel, and pencil on paper, 24 3/8 × 18 11/16 in. (61.9 × 47.4 cm)

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

Accession Number: 66.2597

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, to 4 February 1961
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 4 February 1961-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
MODERNA MUSEET, Stockholm. "4 Americans: Jasper Johns, Alfred Leslie, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Stankiewicz," 17 March-6 May 1962, no. 19, ill. TOUR: STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam, 18 May-18 June; KUNSTHALLE, Bern, 7 July-2 September.
JEWISH MUSEUM, New York. "Jasper Johns," 13 February-12 April 1964, no. 110.
WHITECHAPEL ART GALLERY, London. "Jasper Johns: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture," 25 November-31 December 1964, no. 85.
PASADENA ART MUSEUM, California. "Jasper Johns," 26 January-28 February 1965, no. 98.
NATIONAL COLLECTION OF FINE ARTS, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "The Drawings of Jasper Johns," 6 October-13 November 1966, no. 15.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York. "New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970," 18 October 1969-1 February 1970, no. 151, ill. p. 193.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Drawing Now: 1955-1975," 21 January-9 March 1976, no. 21. TOUR: KUNSTHAUS, Zurich, 9 October-14 November; STAATLICHE KUNSTHALLE, Baden-Baden, 24 November-16 January 1977; GRAPHISCHE SAMMLUNG ALBERTINA, Vienna, 28 January-6 March; SONJA HENIE-NIELS ONSTAD FOUNDATION, Oslo, 17 March-24 April; TEL AVIV MUSEUM, Israel, 11 May-2 July.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. "Jasper Johns, A Retrospective Exhibition," 18 October 1977-22 January 1978, no. 66. TOUR: MUSEUM LUDWIG, Cologne, Germany, 10 February-26 March; CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, Paris, 18 April-4 June; HAYWARD GALLERY, London, 21 June-30 July; SEIBU MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo, 19 August-26 September; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, 20 October-10 December.
SMITHSONIAN CASTLE BUILDING, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Castle Exhibition I," 27 March-27 September 1986, no cat.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC. "The Drawings of Jasper Johns," 20 May-29 July 1990, cat. TOUR: KUNSTMUSEUM BASEL, Switzerland, 19 August-28 October; HAYWARD GALLERY, London, 29 November-3 February 1991; WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, 22 February-7 April.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Jasper Johns: Love and Death," 22 October 1993-20 February 1994, no cat.

Published References:
STEINBERG, LEO. "Jasper Johns," Metro 4/5 (May 1962), no. 15, ill. p. 25.
STEINBERG, LEO. Jasper Johns (New York: George Wittenborn, 1963), no. 15, ill. p. 25.
JOHNSON, UNA E. Drawings of the Masters: 20th Century Drawings, Part II, 1940 to the Present (New York: Shorewood Publishers, 1964), pl. 58, p. 90.
JOHNSON, UNA E. Les Plus Beaux Dessins du 20e Siècle, 1940-1965 (Paris: Éditions du Chêne, 1967), ill. p. 90.
GELDZAHLER, HENRY. New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970 (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1969), no. 151, ill. p. 193.
UNSIGNED. Jasper Johns Drawings (London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1974), ill. p. 41.
WHITTET, G. S. "On Target but Off Centre, Studio International (February 1965), p. 78.
SHAPIRO, DAVID. Jasper Johns: Drawings 1954-1984 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1984), pl. 51, n.p.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Pop Precursors