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Study for mural, Union Trust Company Building, "The Sources of Wealth"

ca. 1903 Kenyon Cox Born: Warren, Ohio 1856 Died: New York, New York 1919 oil on canvas 9 3/4 x 28 1/2 in. (24.8 x 72.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing 1983.114.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 8A


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Kenyon Cox spent a great deal of time planning his murals and often created multiple studies before he was satisfied with the design. This mural study shows how he worked out his color scheme. Before deciding on the facial expressions of his figures, Cox balanced the figural groups. Red accents connect all the figures with each other and unify the design. Cox’s attention to harmonizing colors reflects his idea of painting as a selection of colors and forms chosen to make the most unified image. (Morgan, Keepers of Culture, 1989)

Keywords

Allegory - quality - wealth

Dress - historic - classical dress

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Study

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Kenyon Cox

Born: Warren, Ohio 1856 Died: New York, New York 1919

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