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Sculptor's Garden

1968 John Hultberg Born: Berkeley, California 1922 Died: New York, New York 2005 oil on canvas 50 1/8 x 68 in. (127.3 x 172.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection 1980.137.46 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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John Hultberg's paintings of imaginary environments often show strange groups of art objects and old artifacts. In Sculptor's Garden, he included paintings, easels, and other tools to suggest artists working out-of-doors. But there are no people in the image and the works on the easels appear unfinished, as if whoever was working here had to leave suddenly; the threatening clouds and desolate landscape in the distance emphasize this sense of abandonment. Hultberg wanted to infuse his landscapes with uncertainty and ambiguity, and once wrote that "I rejoice that I find in painting a way to create my own earth." (Jacks, John Hultberg: Painter of the In-Between, 1985)

Keywords

Landscape - garden

Landscape - road

Object - art object - sculpture

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About John Hultberg

Born: Berkeley, California 1922 Died: New York, New York 2005

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