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Interior: Late August

1955 Wynn Chamberlain Born: Minneapolis, Minnesota 1927 Died: New Delhi, India 2014 egg tempera on fiberboard 23 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. (59.0 x 41.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.16 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 39A

Luce Center Quote

“This room never existed except in my mind. It is a composite of a number of rooms I’ve been in at one time or another---peopled by the discords or possessions of those who have been there.” Wynn Chamberlain

Luce Center Label

Wynn Chamberlain created this painting at the suggestion of an art dealer, who was exhibiting portraits of interior spaces. This haunting view of an unmade bed, open window, and a pinup calendar leads us to wonder who lives there. We can only see a corner of the bed, and it is easy to imagine the anonymous occupant is asleep. We are voyeurs, spying through the keyhole under the darkness of night.


Architecture Interior - detail - window

Architecture Interior - domestic - bedroom

Cityscape - season - summer

Object - furniture - bed

Object - furniture - chair


paint - tempera