Palmer HaydenThe Janitor Who Paints
39 1/8 x 32 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation
The artist's studio depicted here is actually a bedroom, furnished with bed, nightstand, and alarm clock. A scene such as this was familiar to Hayden, who took odd jobs and custodial work while pursing his artistic career. He maintained, however, that it pays homage to a friend and fellow painter, Cloyde Boykin, who was never recognized because no one called him a painter; they called him a janitor.