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Trysting at Evening

ca. 1935-1939 Josephine Joy Born: North River Mills, West Virginia 1869 Died: Peoria, Illinois 1948 oil on fiberboard 29 3/4 x 24 in. (75.7 x 61.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from General Services Administration 1971.447.39 Not currently on view


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This painting may have been inspired by a sketch Josephine Joy made on one of her trips to the San Diego Zoo. The bench and railing in the image imply that this scene is a part of some man-made environment. The two peacocks in the foreground spread their trains to the fullest, displaying the bright colors of their plumage, and lift their chins in an attempt to attract a mate. The three birds perched on the railing and in the tree, however, ignore this elaborate show. In nature, the male peacocks are more brightly colored than female peahens, but here the artist shows them all to be more similarly colored.

Keywords

Animal - bird - peacock

Landscape - time - evening

Landscape - tree

New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - California

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fiberboard

fiberboard - masonite - support added

About Josephine Joy

Born: North River Mills, West Virginia 1869 Died: Peoria, Illinois 1948

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