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Millard Sheets
Tenement Flats
1934
oil
40 1/4 x 50 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service



A sunny day brings the residents of this San Francisco tenement outdoors, where they enjoy fresh air and friendly companionship while waiting for laundry to dry. Bold diagonals, bright colors, and lively patterns activate the architecture of their crowded building, which stands in cheerful contrast to the elegant homes on the hill above.