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Artwork of the Day – 12/15/16 (Dreams No. 2, Jacob Lawrence)

Daily Artwork — “Dreams No. 2, Jacob Lawrence, 1965”

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1965– Dreams No. 2.  Tempera on Fiberboard.  Cubism style. Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000). Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, USA. (Display Label)
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Posted by on December 15, 2016 in Daily Art

 

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Art of the Day – 4/30/14 (Subway, Lily Furedi)

Daily Artwork — “Subway, Lily Furedi, 1934”

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1934 — Subway. Oil on Canvas. Lily Fruedi (1896 – 1969). Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC.

In this painting Lily Furedi boldly did something that few dare to do: she looked at people on the subway. She took the viewpoint of a seated rider gazing down the car at her fellow passengers. The Hungarian-born artist knew of the subway riders’ customary avoidance of staring at one’s fellow riders; most people in her painting keep to themselves by hiding behind a magazine or newspaper, or by sleeping. Those who violate the unwritten rule do so furtively. A woman takes a quiet sidelong glance at the newspaper read by the man next to her, while a man steals a peek at a young woman applying lipstick. Only two women in the foreground, who obviously know each other, dare to look directly at each other as they talk companionably.” (Smithsonian)

This painting was part of the New Deal’s Federal Art Program.

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Posted by on April 30, 2014 in Daily Art

 

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Art of the Day – 7/31/13 (Going West, Jackson Pollock)

Daily Artwork — “Going West, Jackson Pollock, 1934-35”

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1934-35 — Going West. Oil on Fiberboard. Expressionism style. Jackson Pollock (1912 – 1956). Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, USA. (Not on display)

“One of his earlier works, Going West is an example of Pollock’s early interests and painting style, as well as his own personal history. It has been suggested that this painting was inspired by a family photo of a bridge in Pollock’s birthplace, Cody, Wyoming. As an image of a pioneering family moving west, perhaps it is also a personal statement of the fact that his family moved west to Arizona and then later California when he was a child. ” (Wikipaintings)
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Daily Art

 

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