David Park (US 1911-1960), Beach Profile, o/c, 1953. Park reoriented a traditional beach scene 90º, upending the normal orientation of sea and sand. This spatial distortion eliminates horizon and sky, reinforcing the dramatic contrast in scale between the landscape and the profile. While the distance seems great, the shadow cast by the small figure touches the observer, suggesting a connection. The ambiguous relationship between the figures and the truncated space create a sense of mystery.
Bob Cratchitt's Wife with Toys (illustration from Dickens' A Christmas Carol) by Everett Shinn. Search the Smithsonian American Art museum collection, one of the world's largest and most inclusive collections of art made in the United States.