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Concerto Grosso

1976-1981 Alfred McAdams Born: Louisville, Kentucky 1914 Died: Rockleigh, New Jersey 2008 oil and acrylic on canvas linen 39 1/4 x 50 in. (99.7 x 127.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1981.157.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 44B


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Alfred McAdams worked as an architect, and many of his paintings from the 1970s include precisely rendered images of buildings. In Concerto Grosso the architecture and the woman's clothing recall the first two decades of the twentieth century. At first glance, the painting appears to show an everyday scene of a middle-aged woman standing in front of her house. But a closer look reveals strange elements that give the image a disquieting edge, such as the dramatic shadows across the trees and on the woman's face, and the horizon line that appears to shift unnaturally behind her head.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Figure female - waist length

Landscape - tree

painting

paint - acrylic

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

fabric - linen

About Alfred McAdams

Born: Louisville, Kentucky 1914 Died: Rockleigh, New Jersey 2008

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