Social Graces

Jean Sabatine’s Sixtieth Birthday, May 1992

(American, 1941–2023)
Image: 25.2 x 24.8 cm (9 15/16 x 9 3/4 in.); Paper: 35.2 x 27.7 cm (13 7/8 x 10 7/8 in.)
© Larry Fink
Location: not on view
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Jean is the matriarch of the Sabatine family, who are the artist’s neighbors in rural Pennsylvania.


One of the most lyrical moments in Social Graces, this scene centers on a cake that is a little lopsided, but obviously made with love. Shot outdoors, the figures are kissed by a gentle natural light. The young girl becomes a conduit for our memories of the magic of celebrations and the anticipation of sugary delights.
Jean Sabatine’s Sixtieth Birthday, May 1992

Jean Sabatine’s Sixtieth Birthday, May 1992


Larry Fink

(American, 1941–2023)
America, 20th century

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