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Vieille Maison at Porte

ca. 1927 William H. Johnson Born: Florence, South Carolina 1901 Died: Central Islip, New York 1970 oil on burlap 24 x 20 1/8 in. (61.0 x 51.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Harmon Foundation 1967.59.694 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 30B

Luce Center Label

William H. Johnson first traveled to Europe when he was twenty-five, settling in Paris for a year before moving to the south of France. Here, Johnson tried out the style of French impressionists, using thick strokes of pure color to evoke bright sunlight and luminous shadows falling on an ancient house in the town of Chartres. The image suggests Johnson’s optimism and excitement at finding himself in Europe, where American artists had gone for generations to sharpen their skills.


Architecture Exterior - detail - tower

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Architecture Exterior - domestic - Vieille Maison

Architecture - bridge

Landscape - France - Porte


paint - oil

fabric - burlap