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Man with a Hat, Cane and Glove

1961 Nathan Oliveira Born: Oakland, California 1928 Died: Palo Alto, California 2010 oil on canvas 51 1/2 x 47 1/2 in. (130.8 x 120.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin 2005.5.56 Not currently on view


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The figure in Man with a Hat, Cane and Glove stands frontally, the formality of his posture and clothing humanized by his crooked tie, a charming imperfection in his otherwise dapper appearance. In describing his process of completing a painting, Oliveira said, “When I reach that point where the painting comes alive, then I step away. It reaches out and starts touching people; it’s up to them to deal with it.”

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008

Keywords

Dress - accessory - cane

Dress - accessory - glove

Dress - accessory - hat

Figure male - knee length

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Nathan Oliveira

Born: Oakland, California 1928 Died: Palo Alto, California 2010

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