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View of Artist's Home

1938 Pedro Cervántez Born: Wilcox, Arizona 1915 oil on fiberboard 20 1/8 x 32 in. (51.1 x 81.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration 1985.8.23 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, North Wing


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Pedro Cervántez painted this view of his porch and property in New Mexico at a pivotal moment in his career. In 1938 he was thrust into the New York art scene with a Museum of Modern Art show that celebrated contemporary artists. In the 1930s, critics praised folk art for its specifically American character, and championed unknown artists like Cervántez for being artists "of the people," working in an authentically American style. View of Artist's Home has the forthright drawing and fresh colors of folk painting. The image captures the humble, comforting intimacy of the farm and the vast sweep of land and sky that surrounds it.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - detail - fence

Architecture Exterior - domestic - Cervantez

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Object - furniture - chest

Occupation - art - artist

New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - New Mexico?

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fiberboard