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Bargain Hunters

1940 Kenneth Hayes Miller Born: Oneida, New York 1876 Died: New York, New York 1952 oil on canvas 30 7/8 x 36 1/8 in. (78.4 x 91.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation © 1940, Kenneth Hayes Miller 1986.6.65 Not currently on view


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During the forty years Kenneth Hayes Miller taught at the Art Students League in New York City, he encouraged a generation of American painters, including Reginald Marsh, Paul Cadmus, and Sara Roby, to find inspiration in contemporary life. Yet he also counseled compositional balance and the value of classic form. For his own work, Miller looked to the shoppers, salesgirls, strollers, and streetwalkers he encountered around Fourteenth Street and Union Square. In Bargain Hunters, he captured the crush of femininity on sale day. Although the women seem frozen in space, their eyes sparkle with the excitement of bargain hunting.


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

Keywords

Allegory - quality - prudence

Architecture Interior - commercial - store

Figure group

Occupation - domestic - shopping

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas