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1967 Jon Serl Born: Olean, New York 1894 Died: Lake Elsinore, California 1993 oil on board 72 3/8 x 21 1/4 in. (183.9 x 54.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. 1998.84.32 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, West Wing

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Jon Serl’s paintings magnificently fuse the vivid life of his peripatetic, vaudeville upbringing with mature musings on survival, human relations, gender identity, morality, and his own artistic life in the company of chickens and chihuahuas. When Serl began painting in earnest in the late 1940s, he favored landscapes. He soon turned to portrayals of human interaction marked by saturated color and liquid-limbed, dream-like figures.


Figure male - full length

Performing arts - music - banjo


folk art

paint - oil