Helen Frankenthaler’s 'Midnight Shore' // 'By the Still Waters' by Amy Beach
The deep, rich indigo sky of Helen Frankenthaler’s “Midnight Shore” begs you to look closer - dive into the depths of its inky expanse. It transitions into a mottled maroon before reaching the shoreline. The lighter washes of blue and tan provide a peaceful contrast to the intense, alluring sky.
The almost hypnotic colors of Frankenthaler’s nighttime beach scene are mirrored in Amy Beach’s “By the Still Waters.” Listen as the piano plays a continuously repeating melody that sounds like water softly lapping upon the shore: radiating peace, assurance, and a sense of deep calmness.
Want to explore more music inspired by art from 'Beyond Ninth Street: Legacies of Women in Abstraction?' Listen to our Spotify playlist for full pieces.
Find more information about 'Beyond Ninth Street: Legacies of Women in Abstraction' on the Kemper's website.
You can find out more about Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art at kemperart.org.
View the full Kemper Museum Permanent Collection here.