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House and Garden

1939 V. G. Van Dalinda oil on canvasboard 23 5/8 x 20 in. (60.0 x 50.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.156 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 22A


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House and Garden depicts an intimate view of a residential garden at its peak. Bright flowers, ferns, and various small shrubs fill the stone flower beds. Slender tufts of grass pop up between the pavers that create the walkway to the modest home. House and Garden represents an idyllic scene absent of people and symbols of modern life. The artist even included a small bluebird in the background, further emphasizing the idea of the garden as a place of beauty and respite.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Landscape - garden

Landscape - plant - salvia

painting

folk art

paint - oil

paperboard - canvas board