James Weeks

American (1922–1988)

Untitled

1964

Oil on canvas

Bequest of Helga M. Resnik

2014.12.6

Weeks was among the artists of Bay Area Figuration, known for their dedication to figurative painting despite the prevalence of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s.

This painting depicts the San Francisco Bay, with a view of Alcatraz Island and the hills beyond. In the forefront is a glamorous scene of a bikini-clad woman and her Great Danes, sunning themselves with their backs to the water view. Weeks convincingly conveys the sense of daylight and shadows, with sharp contrasts along the patio’s railings. Figuration has always been part of Weeks’ aesthetic, although his expressive brush strokes render parts of his composition abstract.

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