Born: Fayette, Missouri 1920
Died: San Marino, California 2001
acrylic and egg tempera on Masonite 27 1/8 x 25 1/8 in. (68.9 x 63.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. Philip Desind
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 34B
Luce Center Quote
"Realism had been the motivating factor for me. Realism gave meaning and coherence to all the aesthetic principles." The artist, quoted in Roger Medearis: Drawings 1977-1981, Capricorn Galleries, 1981
Luce Center Label
In 1966, after fifteen years in the business world, Roger Medearis returned to painting, and in later years became known for his images of midwestern landscapes and portraits. In Judith the figure's pale green dress and laced-trimmed bonnet recall the clothing of the pioneer women who settled the Midwest a century earlier. Judith's pose mimics that of portraits of wealthy patrons: Her body is at an angle to the canvas and she looks away from the viewer. Her sagging shoulders and careworn face, however, suggest that the portrait is less a celebration of Judith's wealth or beauty, and more a tribute to the steadfastness and spirit of those who braved the frontier.
This artwork was recommended by citizen curator Jeanne Kramer-Smyth as part of our Fill the Gap project on Flickr.
Dress - accessory - hat
Figure female - waist length
Portrait female - unidentified - Judith
paint - acrylic
paint - tempera
fiberboard - masonite
About Roger Medearis
Born: Fayette, Missouri 1920 Died: San Marino, California 2001
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