"There is a quality of light that you get nowhere else," Tworkov said of the Cape, "because the bay and the dunes act like mirrors to the sky." (Robert Hatch, "At the tip of Cape Cod," Horizon III, no. 6, July 1961, pp.10-29)
Likely inspired by his long walks on the dunes and daily swims in the often-choppy waters of the bay, Tworkov painted Capelight in 1958 at the height of his abstract expressionist period. "Something to do in Provincetown," he wrote in his journal, "the dunes and woods, in a way nobody has done them. Seen thru my abstract painting, like Red Lake, Cape Light." (Mira Schor, ed. Extreme of the Middle: The Writings of Jack Tworkov, New Haven, 2009, p. 89).
In Capelight, we see Tworkov's trademark "stroke" enhanced by the artist's subconscious impressions of sky and sea. "My painting," Tworkov wrote, "is always a work of long progression of action absorbed by time." (Ibid, p.89)
Jason Andrew, Manager/Curator, Estate of Jack Tworkov
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