Jasper Johns. Summer. 1985
Jasper Johns


Not on view
Encaustic on canvas
6' 3" x 50" (190.5 x 127 cm)
Gift of Philip Johnson
Object number
© 2015 Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Painting and Sculpture

At the time it appeared, the series of works known as The Seasons was Johns's most autobiographical to date. Its imagery combines fragmented references to the artist's past work and his life, including a tracing of his shadow. Johns has said, "In my early work I tried to hide my personality, my psychological state, my emotions, but eventually it seemed like a losing battle. Finally one must simply drop the reserve."

Gallery label from Focus: Jasper Johns, December 5, 2008–February 16, 2009

Image permissions

In order to effectively service requests for images, The Museum of Modern Art entrusts the licensing of images of works of art in its collections to the agencies Scala Archives and Art Resource. As MoMA’s representatives, these agencies supply high-resolution digital image files provided to them directly by the Museum's imaging studios.

All requests to reproduce works of art from MoMA's collection within North America (Canada, U.S., Mexico) should be addressed directly to Art Resource at 536 Broadway, New York, New York 10012. Telephone (212) 505-8700; fax (212) 505-2053; requests@artres.com; artres.com. Requests from all other geographical locations should be addressed directly to Scala Group S.p.A., 62, via Chiantigiana, 50012 Bagno a Ripoli/Firenze, Italy. Telephone 39 055 6233 200; fax 39 055 641124; firenze@scalarchives.com; scalarchives.com.

Requests for permission to reprint text from MoMA publications should be addressed to text_permissions@moma.org.

Related links:
Outside North America: Scala Archives
North America: Art Resource

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information, or have spotted an error, please send feedback to collection@moma.org.
This work is not on view.
Jasper Johns has 272 works online.
There are 2,048 paintings online.