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ca. 1950-1960 Kenneth M. Adams Born: Topeka, Kansas 1897 Died: Albuquerque, New Mexico 1966 oil on canvas 24 x 30 1/4 in. (61.0 x 76.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Arvin Gottlieb 1991.205.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 32B

Luce Center Label

Kenneth Adams posed an elderly woman before a window that looks out on a darkening day. Her wrinkled features resemble the weathered land behind her, and her snowy head wrap and blue blouse evoke clouds in a twilight sky. The allegorical title emphasizes the association between the “native” and her environment, an idea that many Anglo painters in the Southwest fostered in their art.


Allegory - life - old age

Architecture Interior - detail - window

Landscape - time - evening

Portrait female - Ascensione, Dona - elderly


paint - oil

fabric - canvas