Amusement Land

  • Ynez Johnston, Amusement Land, 1956, pastel and ink on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon C. Schild, 1981.137

Execution Date
Amusement Land alludes to California’s blockbuster attraction, Disneyland, which opened in July 1955. The park’s grand opening alone drew more than 15,000 visitors to Anaheim, not far from the artist’s home in Los Angeles. Within the pastel fields of color are references to the park itself, including a body of water, trees, roller coasters, and children’s faces. The red stripes repeated throughout the composition might refer to the sails of the park’s private ship. While most of Johnston’s works from the 1950s are obsessively intricate compositions resembling surreal cityscapes, this drawing is highly gestural, loose, and intentionally childlike.

Abstract Drawings, 2012

Title
Amusement Land
Artist
Date
1956
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 24 x 35 1/2 in. (61.0 x 90.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon C. Schild

Mediums
Mediums Description
pastel and ink on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Architecture Exterior – commercial – recreation
Object Number
1981.137
Palette
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