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The Good Companions

1960 Edward Laning Born: Petersburg, Illinois 1906 Died: New York, New York 1981 oil on fiberboard 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.52 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 34B


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Edward Laning was raised by his grandfathers, both of whom were involved in populist politics. His career developed in New York during the height of the Great Depression, when he painted images of workers living in his Union Square neighborhood. Laning’s respect for the common man lasted throughout his career, as we see in The Good Companions, painted nearly thirty years after the Depression. The three drunks are little help to one another, but their solidarity echoes Laning’s regard for working Americans.

Keywords

Figure group - male

State of being - emotion - friendship

State of being - other - intoxicated

painting

paint - oil

fiberboard

About Edward Laning

Born: Petersburg, Illinois 1906 Died: New York, New York 1981

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