O. Louis Guglielmi
Born: Cairo, Egypt 1906
Died: Amagansett, New York 1956
oil on canvas 30 1/8 x 36 1/8 in. (76.5 x 91.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 39A
Luce Center Quote
“I like to evoke the feel of a street, the unseen life hidden by blank walls, its bustle and noise, the mystery of a deserted alley.” Guglielmi, “I Hope to Sing Again,” Magazine of Art, January 1944
Luce Center Label
A single coat thrown over the back of a chair is the only evidence of people or activity in this deserted square. O. Louis Guglielmi painted completely from his imagination, believing that his inner world was just as “real” as the streets and houses outside (Miller and Barr, American Realists and Magic Realists, 1943). Many of his paintings depict families struggling to live through the Depression, but Town Square implies a later, sadder moment when there are no people left. Even the statue gazes downward, as if wondering where all the life has gone.
Architecture Exterior - civic - town hall
Architecture Exterior - commercial - hotel
Cityscape - town
Monument - statue
Object - weapon - cannon
paint - oil
fabric - canvas
About O. Louis Guglielmi
Born: Cairo, Egypt 1906 Died: Amagansett, New York 1956
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