John R. Grabach
Born: Newark, New Jersey 1886
oil on canvas 36 1/8 x 42 1/4 in. (91.6 x 107.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 29A
Luce Center Quote
"I wish my art to be colorful and effective, to interpret life as it throbs and surges about me with all its movement and to convey its complexity both visual and psychic." The artist, quoted in John R. Grabach: Century Man, 2006
Luce Center Label
John Grabach completed this portrait of his wife, Anna, shortly before her death. While the visible brushstrokes and bright colors are characteristic of Grabach's impressionist works, the enlarged bed and floating parasol create a distorted perspective. During World War I, Grabach worked in New York creating demographic and climatic maps of Europe for the federal government. As he commuted into the city every day, his fascination with the urban experience grew, and Grabach gradually turned from impressionistic landscapes and portraits, like Morning, toward the social realism seen in his Depression-era painting The Fifth Year (see Luce object 1979.119.1).
Architecture Interior - domestic - bedroom
Figure female - head
Object - furniture - bed
State of being - other - sleep
paint - oil
fabric - canvas
About John R. Grabach
Born: Newark, New Jersey 1886 Died: 1981
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