The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Helen Jacobson

Helen Jacobson, Marcus Hook, 1958

Helen Jacobson (American, 1914-2003)
Marcus Hook 1958
Oil on canvas
Gift of Edward Joseph Gallagher, Jr.

Like the other artists in this gallery, Baltimore-based Jacobson was breaking down the traditional Western aesthetics of art with her explorations into abstraction. Jacobson was especially forthright in her views on the importance of abstraction, insisting that, “People who buy paintings which are representational in the camera sense are usually timid…They need to hold on to the real world. Space frightens them. They are afraid to spend time with it alone, afraid of their own thoughts and the unknown.”