description of Two Bathers by David Park

This painting, which measures almost five feet fall and four feet wide, features two female figures in black bathing suits, rendered in bold, broad slashes of oil paint. One woman stands on our left, facing us at a quarter turn with her arms raised, holding a taut white towel behind her. The second figure stands near the center of the canvas with her back to us, and her legs disappearing below the bottom edge of the canvas. With her head turned to our right, she keeps her elbows bent and her hands on the back of her hips. The facial features of the two women are represented by quick dabs of paint, red for the woman on the left, and blue for the woman in the center. Both of the figures and the vague background have been rendered with thick, sometimes dripping smears of aqua blue, white, and streaky bronze paint.

David Park, Two Bathers, 1958
David Park, Two Bathers, 1958; oil on canvas, 58 in. x 50 in. (147.32 cm x 127 cm); Collection SFMOMA, SFMOMA, Purchase through gifts of Mrs. Wellington S. Henderson, Helen Crocker Russell, and the Crocker Family, by exchange, and the Mary Heath Keesling Fund; © Estate of David Park

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Two Bathers
Artist name
David Park
Date created
1958
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
58 in. x 50 in. (147.32 cm x 127 cm)
Date acquired
2008
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
SFMOMA, Purchase through gifts of Mrs. Wellington S. Henderson, Helen Crocker Russell, and the Crocker Family, by exchange, and the Mary Heath Keesling Fund
Copyright
© Estate of David Park
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2008.22
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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