Blue Sea




David True, American, 1942
Born: Marietta, OH
Work Locations: New York, NY

Object Info

Object: painting
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2011.267


Oil paint on canvas


Gift of Julia Childs Augur

More Info


height: 66 in, 167.6400 cm; width: 88 in, 223.5200 cm; depth: 1.5 in, 3.8100 cm


Modern and Contemporary Art

Extended Info

David True’s painting, Blue Sea, is an abstracted view of a childhood memory. Here, the geometrical silhouette of a ship is contrasted against the deep blue waves of a stormy sea and silhouetted against a puff of white clouds against a brilliant blue sky takes on a dream-like quality—no surprise, since True considers himself a Surrealist guided by his unconscious. True’s polished style, feel for saturated color, and striking contrast are the stuff that that stick in our memories, and perhaps evoke similar memories from long ago.

Exhibition History

  • "Showing Off: Recent Modern and Contemporary Acquisitions" - May 17, 2015 to January 3, 2016 (DAM)