Paul Jenkins (1923-2012)


Phenomena Gorges sur Loup, Saint-Paul de Vence, 1984

acrylic on canvas, 64" x 51.5" framed to 65" x 52.25"

Provenance: single private collection. Purchased from Gimpel Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York, 1985 

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Paul Jenkins was among the original Abstract Expressionist painters who rose to prominence in post WWII New York, working alongside colleagues Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, and Lee Krasner. Originally from the Midwest, Jenkins studied at the Art Students League upon his arrival in New York. He later traveled to Paris, where he built a second studio, dividing his time between New York and France for many years.  

Jenkins is known for painting technique of "pouring" or "rolling" paint onto his canvas to create veils of transparent color, carefully controlling the path, blends, and saturation levels of his paint. He combined this process with more traditional techniques of brush painting or working with other tools to create highly textured and vividly colored passages of thickly applied paint. This piece, like all finished canvases Jenkins created beginning in the late 1960s, begins with the title, "Phenomena." Jenkins would work out the remainder of each title in conversation with the composition, paying careful attention to what the painting wishes to be called, which was often related to Jenkins' interests in Eastern religion, philosophy, and mysticism. The title of this piece, Phenomena Gorges sur Loup, Saint-Paul de Vence, relates to a narrow river canyon in the south of France that meanders a scattered collection of medieval villages, with crystal clear waters and rocky falls in a leafy green natural sanctuary. 

Jenkins' work has been extensively collected by museums worldwide. His paintings can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (NY), Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), Philadelphia Museum of Art (PA), Carnegie Museum of Art (PA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC), National Gallery of Art (DC), and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA).


Other museum collections include:

Canberra, Australian National Gallery
Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria

Vienna, Albertina Museum

Montréal, Musée d'art contemporain
Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario

Antibes, Musée Picasso
Dunkirk, Musée d'art contemporain.Nice. Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain
Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou and Musée national d'art moderne.
Paris, Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris
Paris, Fonds National de l'Art Contemporain du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Fondation Maeght
Toulouse, Les Abattoirs, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain
Villeneuve d'Ascq, Musée d'art moderne

Cologne, Kölnischer Kunstverein
Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum
Hanover, Kestner-Gesellschaft
Munich, Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen, Neue Pinakothek
Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie

Jerusalem, Israel Museum
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Hiroshima, Museum of Contemporary Art
Osaka, National Museum of Art
Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art
Tokyo, Seibu Museum
Toyama, Museum of Modern Art

Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum

United Kingdom
Aberwstwyth, University School of Art Gallery and Museum
Belfast, Ulster Museum, National Museum Northern Ireland
Cardiff, National Museum of Wales
Kendal, Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Kingston upon Hull, Ferens Art Gallery
Lancaster, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University
Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery
London, British Museum
London, Tate
London, Victoria and Albert Museum
Oldham, Gallery Oldham

United States
Albany, The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Art Collection
Albany, Albany Institute of History and Art
Amherst, Mead Art Museum
Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Museum of Art
Austin, University of Texas Art Museum, Huntingdon Art Gallery
Baltimore, Baltimore Museum of Art
Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
Boca Raton, Boca Raton Museum of Art
Bloomfield Hills, Cranbrook Art Museum
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts
Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo, UB Art Galleries, State University of New York at Buffalo
Cambridge, Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Art Museums
Cambridge, Albert and Vera List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Champaign, Krannert Art Museum
Charlotte, Mint Museum of Art
Chattanooga, Hunter Museum of American Art
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
Columbus, Columbus Museum of Art
Corpus Christi, South Texas Institute for the Arts
Des Moines, Des Moines Art Center
Detroit, Detroit Institute of Arts
Durham, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
East Hampton, Guild Hall
Flint, Flint Institute of Arts
Fort Lauderdale, Museum of Art
Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Art Museum
Hamilton, Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University
Hempstead, Hofstra Museum of Art
Honolulu, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Honolulu, The Contemporary Museum
Indianapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Jacksonville, Museum of Contemporary Art
Kansas City, Missouri, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Lafayette, Greater Lafayette Museum of Art
Lawrence, Spencer Museum of Art
Lincoln, DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park
Little Rock, Arkansas Arts Center
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Louisville, J. B. Speed Art Museum
Madison, Chazen Museum of Art
Memphis, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Milwaukee, Milwaukee Art Museum
Minneapolis, Walker Art Center
New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art
New York, Brooklyn Museum
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York, Morgan Library and Museum
New York, Museum of Modern Art
New York, New York University Art Collection
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art
Norfolk, Chrysler Museum
Norman, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Palm Springs, Palm Springs Desert Museum
Palo Alto, The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum
Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art
Portland, Maine, Portland Museum of Art
Ridgefield, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
Sacramento, Crocker Art Museum
San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art
San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Art
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Fe, Museum of Fine Arts
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California
Seattle, Seattle Art Museum
South Hadley, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Springfield, Missouri, Springfield Museum of Art
Stanford, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts
Savannah, Telfair Museum of Art
Terre Haute, Sheldon Swope Art Gallery
Tucson, University of Arizona Museum of Fine Arts
Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C., The Kreeger Museum
Washington, D.C., Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art
Williamstown, Williams College Museum of Art
Worcester, Worcester Art Museum
Youngstown, Butler Institute of American Art