Larger Type
Smaller Type

Search Collections

Connecticut Autumn

1937 O. Louis Guglielmi Born: Cairo, Egypt 1906 Died: Amagansett, New York 1956 oil on fiberboard 23 7/8 x 30 in. (60.5 x 76.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from General Services Administration 1971.447.35 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 39A


Luce Center Quote

"In 1932 . . . it was a considerably different world that I was to face, a world of changing values and frightening lack of money." The artist, quoted in Miller and Barr, American Realists and Magic Realists, 1943

Luce Center Label

The overcast sky, neglected buildings, and fallen monuments in Connecticut Autumn create an eerie landscape that evokes the poverty and despair of the 1930s. The young boy flying a kite appears full of hope and innocence, but a closer look reveals that his kite string crosses the power lines. The statue of an angel underscores the imminent tragedy, as he beckons to the boy from the monument yard (Baker, O. Louis Guglielmi, A Retrospective Exhibition, 1980).

Keywords

Architecture - industry

Architecture - industry - foundry

Figure(s) in exterior - rural

Landscape - Connecticut

Landscape - season - autumn

Monument - gravestone

Recreation - sport and play - kite flying

New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - New York City

painting

paint - oil

fiberboard

About O. Louis Guglielmi

Born: Cairo, Egypt 1906 Died: Amagansett, New York 1956

More works in the collection by
O. Louis Guglielmi