Adopt a Work of Art

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The Heckscher Museum of Art's Permanent Collection provides the institution's primary educational tool. The Museum offers an "adoption" program focusing on the paintings, sculptures and works on paper requiring conservation. The Adopt a Work of Art program is a unique opportunity to become a proud "parent" of some of the Museum's most important treasures.
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Deborah Johnson, Deputy Director & Director of Development, 631.351.3006 or

Available for Adoption

George Pickenís Big Wave is a significant example of the transformative effect of abstract expressionism on artists who worked in representational styles in the 1950s. The adhesion of the paint surface to the canvas support has been compromised in some areas, requiring stabilization, filling, and in-painting. The work also requires a compatible frame for its proper presentation.
Cost to adopt this work: $2,450.

George Picken's earliest work depicted industrial and urban scenes in a realist style and dark palette characteristic of the Depression era. During the 1940s, the artist gradually turned to rural landscapes painted in brighter colors, inspired by the surroundings at his country home in the Berkshires. Picken turned away from realism altogether in the 1950s to explore pure abstraction, but the following decade evolved a style that synthesized realism and abstraction. Big Wave is representative of his abstract style, depicting the movement and texture of water with flattened planes of color. Unlike his typical seascapes, Picken focuses solely on the crashing wave, the white water of the surf dominating the canvas. Big Wave is scheduled for an upcoming exhibition of seascapes and marine painting scheduled for summer of 2017.

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George Alexander Picken, Big Wave, 1959.


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