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Dear Fay...

1984 Jack Earl Born: Uniopolis, Ohio 1934 painted ceramic 20 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (52.7 x 52.1 x 44.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of KPMG Peat Marwick 1993.54.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B

Luce Center Quote

"Earl presents simple people doing ordinary things, namely the stuff of life of mainstream Middle America . . . [These are] . . . private people, who tell their innermost thoughts only to their intimate familiars, particularly their dogs." Geraldine Wonjno Kiefer, 1982

Luce Center Label

This simple scene of a young woman standing on a sloping grassy hill is made more complex by the long title that Jack Earl has engraved in it: "Dear Fay, I saw you in church Easter, and thought you looked real nice. If it is alright with you I would like to sit next to you next Sunday. Yours truly, Jack Earl." This piece portrays the artist's wife as a young girl, whom he met when her family moved to his town. Sitting at Fay's side is a dog, an animal that is often present in Earl’s ceramic scenes and that he sculpts to look more lifelike than the people.


Animal - dog

Landscape - tree - pine tree

Object - tool - water pump

Portrait female - unidentified - Fay

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay


paint - oil

About Jack Earl

Born: Uniopolis, Ohio 1934

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