August 2021: The following sixteen Bess paintings were recently found in a storage shed in Bay City, Texas. Kirk Hopper Fine Art is proud to present these at The Ranch in Montauk, New York, from November 13 through December 18.

The following is not intended to be a complete or accurate compilation of Forrest Bess's work. Many thanks to original sources and collections cited, and to Texas A&M University for much of the organizational work on this resource. Click on each thumbnail to view a larger version.


Title: Untitled from Mexican series
Date: c. 1930
Size: 5" x 7"
Medium: Block print


Title: Night in Taxco, GTO from Mexican series
Date: c. 1930
Size: 5" x 7"
Medium: Block print


Title: Sweet Potatoes
Date: 1934
Size: 14" x 16"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Private


Title: Paint Table
Date: 1935
Size: 12" x 13.5"
Medium: Oil on board


Title: Bread and Potatoes
Date: c. 1938
Size: 16" x 18"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Image Source: The Dictionary of Texas Artists, 1800-1945, Michael and Paula Grauer


Title: Market-Taxco
Date: 1938
Size: 7.8" x 5.9"
Medium: Print
Collection: The Menil Collection, gift of P.J. Allen


Title: Mexican Boy
Date: 1938


Title: The Crucifixion
Date: 1944
Medium: Unknown (black and white photo from color)


Title: The Asteroids 1
Date: 1946
Size: 8" x 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Phillips Collection


Title: The Asteroids 2
Date: 1946
Size: 8" x 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Phillips Collection


Title: The Asteroids 3
Date: 1946
Size: 8" x 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Phillips Collection


Title: The Asteroids 4
Date: 1946
Size: 10" x 8"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Phillips Collection


Title: Dedication to Van Gogh
Date: 1946
Size: 15.6" x 17.7"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: The Dicks
Date: 1946
Size: 14" x 16"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University


Title: Family Group
Date: 1946


Title: I Can See Through Myself
Date: 1946
Size: 22" x 23"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Rudolph and Florence Kindel


Title: Mind Crystal
Date: 1946
Size: 24.5" x 28.75"


Title: Oil Field
Date: 1946
Size: 15.5" x 18.5"
Medium: Oil on canvas


Title: Untitled (The Paint Man)
Date: 1946
Size: 28.1" x 22"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Menil Collection, Houston, gift of P.J. Allen


Title: Unknown
Date: 1946
Size: 14" x 16"
Medium: Oil on canvas


Title: Untitled (Indian Dancers)
Date: c. 1946
Size: 22" x 24"
Collection: Harry Burkhart Collection


Title: Premonition
Date: 1947
Size: 14" x 16"
Medium: Oil on canvas (black and white photo from color)
Collection: Rosalie Berkowitz
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Seascape with Moon
Date: 1947
Size: 8.5" x 14"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection
Image Source: Nathan Keay, MCA Chicago


Title: Seascape with Sun
Date: c. 1947
Size: 14" x 16"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: The Texas Landscape, 1900-1986, exhibition catalog, Houston Museum of Fine Arts


Title: The Warrior
Date: 1947
Size: 9.75" x 7.9"


Title: Untitled (The Crowded Mind/The Void)
Date: 1947
Size: 10" x 11-3/4"
Medium: Oil on canvas


Title: Untitled
Date: 1947
Size: 4.5" x 2.8"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Menil Collection, Houston, gift of the artist


Title: Untitled, No. 21
Date: 1947
Size: 4.5" x 5"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Landscape with Sun
Date: 1948
Size: 14" x 16.1"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection
Image Source: Nathan Keay, MCA Chicago


Title: Still Life: Eggplants, Squash
Date: 1948
Size: 18" x 20"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Sotheby's, New York


Title: Untitled
Date: 1948
Size: 10" x 12"
Medium: Oil on masonite
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Bodies of Little Dead Children
Date: 1949
Size: 5.7" x 7.5"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: The Menil Collection, Houston


Title: The Prophesy (Sputnik)
Date: 1949
Size: 6" x 7.5"
Medium: Oil on canvas mounted to wood panel
Collection: The Phillips Collection


Title: No. 40
Date: 1949
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Betty Parsons Gallery, New York


Title: Untitled
Date: 1949
Size: 8" x 12"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Janice & M. Cartin


Title: Untitled
Date: 1949
Medium: Unknown (black and white photo from color)


Title: Oval (The Crown)
Date: 1949
Size: 8" x 10"
Collection: Whitney Museum of American Art


Title: You Can't Have Me
Date: 1949
Size: 5.5" x 7.5"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Phillips Collection


Title: Untitled (Indian Summer)
Date: 1949
Size: 7.7" x 9.7"
Medium: Oil on canvas


Title: Brown Grass
Date: c. 1950
Size: 7" x 8"
Medium: Oil on canvas

Title: Hieroglyphics
Date: c. 1950
Size: 6" x 7.4"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago


Title: Seascape with Moon
Date: 1950
Size: 8.5" x 14"
Medium: Oil on canvas (black and white photo from color)
Image Source: The Texas Landscape, 1900-1986, exhibition catalog, Houston Museum of Fine Arts


Title: Sticks
Date: c. 1950
Size: 6.5" x 7.6"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Menil Collection, Houston


Title: Untitled
Date: 1950
Size: 9" x 12"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Private


Title: Untitled
Date: 1950


Title: Untitled #11
Date: 1950
Size: 11" x 9.75"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Janice & M. Cartin


Title: Untitled #13
Date: 1950
Size: 6" x 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas


Title: Untitled #39
Date: 1950
Size: 7.75" x 9.75"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Janice & M. Cartin


Title: Untitled #42
Date: 1950
Size: 9" x 12"
Medium: Oil on canvas


Title: Untitled #44
Date: 1950
Size: 11" x 11"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Phillips Collection


Title: Untitled (Blue and Black Figures)
Date: 1950
Size: 22" x 25.1"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Private


Title: Unknown
Date: c. 1950
Size: 7" x 9"
Medium: Pastel with watercolor
Image Source: Crieger-Dane Gallery, Boston


Title: #1
Date: 1951
Size: 8.75" x 8.75"
Medium: Oil on panel


Title: Homage to Ryder
Date: 1951
Size: 9.75" x 13.75"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Symbol of Flowers
Date: 1951
Size: 9" x 12"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Brazos Projects Exhibit Space, Houston


Title: Untitled
Date: 1951
Size: 9" x 11.75"
Medium: Gouache on paper in two parts (shown open and closed)


Title: Untitled, No. 5
Date: 1951
Size: 8" x 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas (black and white photo from color)
Collection: Mrs. Robert M. Benjamin
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Untitled, No. 31
Date: 1951
Size: 8" x 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Betty Parsons Gallery, New York
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: View of Maya
Date: 1951
Size: 8" x 8"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Menil Collection, Houston, bequest of Jermayne MacAgy


Title: Wheatfield
Date: c. 1951
Size: 11.6" x 13.5"
Medium: Oil on canvas (black and white photo from color)
Collection: Mary and Earle Ludgin
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Untitled (The Void II)
Date: 1951
Size: 9.75" x 16.75"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Coll. Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, purchase 2014


Title: Untitled
Date: 1951
Size: 9" x 12"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Menil Collection, Houston, gift of P.J. Allen


Title: The Bridge
Date: 1952
Size: 10" x 11"
Medium: Oil with silver leaf on hardboard
Collection: The Phillips Collection


Title: Untitled, No. 14
Date: 1952
Size: 9" x 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Betty Parsons Gallery, New York


Title: Untitled, No. 18
Date: 1952
Size: 7.5" x 10.5"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Untitled
Date: 1952
Collection: Harry Burkhart Collection


Title: Untitled
Date: 1952


Title: Before Man
Date: 1952-1953
Size: 8-3/4" x 22-3/4"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College. State University of New York, Gift of Roy R. Neuberger


Title: And all the things I have forgotten
Date: 1953
Size: 20" x 24"


Title: Burning Bush
Date: 1953
Size: 8" x 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: The Greek
Date: 1953
Size: 14" x 14"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Private


Title: Tree of Life
Date: 1953
Size: 16" x 13"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Private


Title: Bomb
Date: 1954
Size: 8" x 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: It Fits
Date: 1955
Size: 6" x 8.5"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Mandala
Date: 1955
Size: 11.75" x 11.75"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Drawings
Date: 1957
Size: 8" x 28"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Whitney Museum, New York


Title: The Hermaphrodite
Date: 1957
Size: 8" x 11"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Menil Collection, Houston, gift of John Wilcox, in memory of Frank Owen Wilson


Title: Tab Tied to the Moon Film
Date: 1957
Size: 7.1" x 8"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Herbert and Paula Molne


Title: Untitled
Date: 1957
Size: 9" x 12"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Private


Title: Untitled
Date: 1957
Size: 14.7" x 19"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Christie's, New York


Title: Untitled
Date: 1957
Size: 27.75" x 7"


Title: Untitled
Date: 1957
Size: 8" x 12"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Untitled
Date: 1957
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Museum of Modern Art, NY, licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY


Title: Untitled
Date: 1957


Title: Untitled, No. 5
Date: 1957
Size: 12" x 12.2"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Betty Parsons Gallery, New York
Image Source: Sotheby's, New York


Title: Untitled, No. 6
Date: 1957
Size: 10" x 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Sotheby's, New York


Title: Untitled, No. 12a
Date: 1957
Size: 12" x 18"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Collection of Andrew Masullo


Title: Untitled, No. 11a
Date: 1958
Size: 18" x 24"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Houston Museum of Art


Title: #7
Date: 1959
Size: 20" x 20.1"


Title: Carmichael's
Date: 1959
Size: 16" x 28"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Private


Title: Night Flight
Date: 1959
Size: 7.9" x 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: No. 6
Date: 1959
Size: 17" x 26"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Private


Title: Star of David
Date: 1959
Size: 24" x 10.1"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: The Three Doors
Date: 1959
Size: 19.5" x 44.25"
Medium: Paint on wood relief
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Untitled
Date: 1959
Size: 16" x 24"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Untitled
Date: 1960s
Size: 12" x 16"
Medium: Oil on canvas

Title: The Noble Carbunkle
Date: 1960
Size: 30" x 50"
Medium: Oil on masonite
Collection: Pauline Huebner


Title: Untitled
Date: 1964
Size: 25" x 31.5"
Medium: Oil on glass, wood frame
Collection: San Antonio Museum of Art, gift of Eleanor Rogers Onderdonk

Title: Variations in Time
Date: 1964
Size: 12" x 14"
Medium: Oil on canvas


Title: Thunderbird
Date: 1965
Size: 26" x 36"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: The Menil Collection, Houston


Title: Two Thoughts
Date: 1965
Size: 5" x 7"
Medium: Oil on linen


Title: Eye of God
Date: 1966
Size: 14.25" x 16"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Golden Mountain
Date: 1966
Size: 10" x 14"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Sotheby's, New York


Title: Untitled
Date: 1966
Size: 9" x 12"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Energy Red
Date: 1967
Collection: Harry Burkhart Collection


Title: The Island
Date: 1967
Size: 12" x 16"
Image Source: Christie's, New York


Title: Old Boats
Date: 1967
Size: 10" x 4"
Medium: Oil on canvas (black and white photo from color)
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Spots
Date: 1967
Collection: Harry Burkhart Collection


Title: The Penetrator
Date: 1967
Size: 18" x 24"
Medium: Oil on canvas


Title: Untitled
Date: 1967
Size: 12" x 12"
Medium: Oil on canvas


Title: Evening at Chinquapin
Date: 1969
Size: 14" x 20"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Private


Title: Complete Freedom
Date: 1970
Size: 11" x 19"
Medium: Oil on canvas


Title: Here Is a Sign
Date: 1970
Size: 17.5" x 13.5"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: The Spider
Date: 1970
Size: 12" x 14"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Collection of Christian Zacharias


Title: Untitled
Date: 1970
Size: 16" x 16"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Untitled
Date: 1970
Size: 14" x 14"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


Title: Church
Date: Unknown
Size: 5" x 4"
Medium: Crayon on paper
Collection: Private


Title: Holy Crown
Date: Unknown
Size: 9.25" x 12"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Charna Stone Cowan Collection


Title: Masonic Hall
Date: Unknown
Size: 5" x 4"
Medium: Crayon on paper
Collection: Private


Title: Matilda
Date: Unknown
Size: 14" x 16"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Christie's, New York


Title: Rain of Color 3
Date: Unknown
Size: 14" x 16"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Private


Title: Seascape with Star
Date: Unknown
Medium: Oil


Title: The Saints
Date: Unknown
Size: 6" x 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Marguerite Lewis Fuerse


Title: View from the Boat
Date: Unknown
Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Oil on panel
Image source: David Dike Fine Art, Dallas


Title: Untitled
Date: Unknown


Title: Pink Moon
Date: Unknown
Collection: Harry Burkhart Collection


Title: Untitled
Date: Unknown
Size: 14" x 12"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Christie's, New York


Title: Untitled
Date: Unknown
Size: 6" x 8"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection
Image Source: Nathan Keay, MCA Chicago


Title: Untitled
Date: Unknown
Size: 3.3" x 15.8" x .3"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection
Image Source: Nathan Keay, MCA Chicago


Title: Untitled, No. 16
Date: Unknown
Size: 11" x 12.2"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image Source: Christie's, New York


Title: Unknown
Date: Unknown
Medium: Unknown (black and white photo from color)
Image Source: Forrest Bess, exhibition catalog, Hirschel & Adler Modern, New York


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