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Décor Slav

ca. 1915 H. Lyman Saÿen Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1875 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1918 oil on canvas 30 1/8 x 39 3/8 in. (76.5 x 100.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of H. Lyman Sayen to his nation 1967.6.6 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 33B


Luce Center Label

H. Lyman Saÿen spent a great deal of time at the home of his friend and fellow painter Carl Newman, who lived in Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania. Saÿen was inspired by Henri Matisse, who encouraged him to use color to express his emotions. He explored the countryside around Newman's house and created large paintings of the landscape in shocking colors. Décor Plat and Décor Slav confused the viewers at a 1916 exhibition, and one visitor commented that their strange compositions "defied analysis or explanation." (Public Ledger, Magazine Section, 1916, in Breeskin, H. Lyman Saÿen, 1970) The thick blocks of paint and bold outlines make the paintings appear animated, as if the colors are dancing and sliding around the canvas.

Keywords

Architecture - other - gazebo

Landscape - park

Landscape - tree

Landscape - water

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About H. Lyman Saÿen

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1875 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1918

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