Christine is the subject in a series of Expressionist paintings from the late 1950s
The 14 paintings in this gallery, following the realism portrait from 1968, where painted all at once sometime in the late 1950s. Smarkusz was in his late thirties and living in Boston at the time. Christine's father (V's brother Ed) died in 1956 when Chris was 9, and believed to be an exercise in catharsis for the artist. The paintings themselves appear to be an experiment in Abstract Expressionism One which made his already abstract figuratives even more so - by working quickly and using broad bold colorful strokes, interlaced with the fine-line figurative brush drawings of his subject. They also have characteristics of the Fusionism he was still developing at the time.