|Sketching class on the beach in Provincetown, ca. 1936. |
Charles Webster and Marion Campbell Hawthorne papers.
|Neda Al-Hilali with her outdoor fiber installation Beach Occurence of Tongues, |
1975, unidentified photographer. Neda Al-Hilali papers
|Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner at the beach, ca. 1955 |
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers
Naturally, sometimes artists utilize the beach the same way everyone does - for relaxation. Just two weeks after their wedding, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner moved out to a property in Springs, East Hampton. They lived there year-round and both created some of their best-known works there, Krasner working primarily in the house while Pollock was alive and Pollock in a barn studio out back. This house also happened to be conveniently close to both the Atlantic Coast and the Acabonack harbor, and Krasner and Pollock clearly took advantage of this prime location to take a break from painting. There are several photos from their papers which show the two stretched out on the sand in bathing suits, sometimes accompanied by various friends (such as art critic Clement Greenberg and painter Helen Frankenthaler) and, even occasionally, pets.
What's your favorite thing to do at the beach?
Bettina Smith, Digital Projects Librarian
Archives of American Art