David Park

Four Men
1958

Not on view

Date
1958

Classification
Paintings

Medium
Oil on canvas

Dimensions
Overall: 57 1/8 × 92 1/16in. (145.1 × 233.8 cm)

Accession number
59.27

Credit line
Purchase, with funds from an anonymous donor

Rights and reproductions
© artist or artist’s estate

This large painting, created two years before David Park’s death, depicts a beach inhabited by four male figures wearing bathing trunks. Three of the men face the viewer on the shoreline as if they were posing for a photograph, while a fourth, seated in a rowboat, moves in the opposite direction through the water. Working from memory rather than preparatory studies, Park used a thick, large brush loaded with saturated pigments to create blocks of color that oscillate between descriptive references and abstract notations. The result is that, like a memory, the scene and the personalities of the figures emerge from and dissolve back into abstraction in equal measure.  




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