oil on canvas 39 7/8 x 40 1/8 in. (101.3 x 101.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 44B
Luce Center Quote
"It sometimes strikes me as odd that I paint the way I do, for I would have thought, considering my predilection for modernism, that I would be more abstract." Artist's statement, SAAM curatorial file
Luce Center Label
In this painting, Jon Stroup emphasized the dramatic contrast between the cool shade of the interior and the heat in the garden outside. The image is representational, but the windows, plants, and shadows create abstract patterns that are as interesting as the figures. The dark figure on the right could be a statue or a person, watching the gardener from the shadows, and this, together with the strange plants gazing in the window, transforms the naturalistic painting into something more disquieting.
Architecture Interior - detail - window
Architecture Interior - domestic - living room
paint - oil
fabric - canvas
About Jon Stroup
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