Girl Shading Her Eyes

Object Details

Title:

Girl Shading Her Eyes

Artist/Maker:

František Kupka (Czech, 1871 - 1957)

Culture:

Czech

Place:

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1908

Medium:

Pastel on wove paper

Object Number:

2010.93

Dimensions:

57.6 × 46.4 cm (22 11/16 × 18 1/4 in.)

Copyright:

© 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Credit Line:

Gift of Richard A. Simms in Memory of James N. Wood (1941-2010), President and Chief Executive Officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust 2007-2010

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First trained in Prague under a painter influenced by the Nazarenes (a school of German Romantic artists), František Kupka continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Eventually he moved to Paris, where he became a pioneer of European abstraction. With its simple figurative subject, this vibrant pastel reflects the artist's experiments with optical phenomena--especially the chromatic effects of shade. The blues, violets, and greens radiate with vital energy, owing to the artist's ambition to transform nature into an alternate reality.

Exhibitions
Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770-1900 (March 29 to June 19, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 29 to June 19, 2011
Selected Works by Contemporaries of Gustav Klimt (June 19 to September 23, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 19 to September 23, 2012
Zeitgeist: Art from the Germanic World, 1800-1900 (February 10 to May 17, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 10 to May 17, 2015
Degas: Russian Dancers and the Art of Pastel (April 28 to October 23, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 3 to October 23, 2016