Beach Scene

A work made of steel.
© 2019 The Estate of David Smith / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

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  • A work made of steel.

Date:

1949

Artist:

David Smith
American, 1906-1965

About this artwork

David Smith found inspiration for his early work in the Surrealist sculptures of Alberto Giacometti and Hans Arp, as well as the paintings of Arshile Gorky and Joan Miró. Among the first American artists to master the use of steel and other industrial materials, Smith worked as a welder at a Studebaker automobile plant, where he gained firsthand experience with metal. He made Beach Scene early in his career, at a time when he was interested in organic forms and an unplanned, autonomous approach to art making: “I do not work with a conscious and specific conviction about a piece of sculpture,” he explained. “It is always open to change and a new association.”

On View

Contemporary Art, Gallery 398

Artist

David Smith

Title

Beach Scene

Origin

United States

Date

1949

Medium

Steel

Dimensions

58.4 × 60.6 × 20.3 cm (23 × 23 7/8 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Society for Contemporary American Art

Reference Number

1952.199

Copyright

© 2019 The Estate of David Smith / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

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