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William H. Johnson

Village Houses, Cagnes-sur-Mer
about 1928–29
oil
31 x 25 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation

Buildings that seem to gyrate fill William H. Johnson's frenetic, restless scene. Located on the French Riviera, the coastal village of Cagnes was a popular tourist spot that attracted many artists, including Johnson, because of its informality, inexpensive accommodations, and brilliant light.