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Gustave Klumpp
Wedding Dream in Nudist Colony
1971
oil
24 x 30 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson



In 1966, two years after his retirement as a compositor and Linotype operator, Klumpp visited Brooklyn's Red Hook Senior Center seeking activities and companionship to fill his days. On the suggestion of the director, he tried painting. Klumpp's lively humor emerges in Wedding Dream; at the lower right, a woman, perhaps Klumpp's alter ego, has spread brushes and palette on the grass and paints a nude portrait.