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The Farewell

1952 Bernard Perlin Born: Richmond, Virginia 1918 Died: Ridgefield, Connecticut 2014 casein on fiberboard 34 1/8 x 47 1/8 in. (86.7 x 119.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.70 Not currently on view

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Bernard Perlin painted The Farewell while living in Italy, supported partially by Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships. The spidery network of tree limbs and the soft crimson of the forest floor are a beautiful study of line and color. A couple walking toward the left side of the canvas and a single figure at right introduce a narrative. The painting’s title simultaneously links the figures and indicates their parting.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014


Figure(s) in exterior

Landscape - forest


paint - casein