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Blue Monday

1937 August Casciano Born: Providence, Rhode Island 1910 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1993 oil on canvas 28 x 30 1/8 in. (71.2 x 76.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from General Services Administration 1971.447.17 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 39A


Luce Center Label

The wood and brick houses in Blue Monday look as if they could have been any of the houses in August Casciano's hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. The day's wash hangs on clotheslines outside both houses and the basement door of the house on the right is slightly ajar. Despite this evidence of human life, the houses look as though they could be deserted, creating a ghostly feeling that permeates the painting.

Keywords

New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - Rhode Island

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About August Casciano

Born: Providence, Rhode Island 1910 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1993