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August 1983

1983 Alan Feltus Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1943 oil on linen 66 1/8 x 44 1/8 in. (168.0 x 112.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.29 Not currently on view

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“Paintings are about many things and at the same time about nothing more than painting itself. They don’t have narrative content; they don’t tell stories.” Feltus said he seeks silence in his work and believes “Art…should not merely reflect our surroundings like a mirror, adding to the clutter, but become something more wonderful, more meaningful.”

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014


Figure group - female

Object - art object - painting

Object - flower - lily


paint - oil

fabric - linen