Autumn in Iowa (mural study, Bloomfield, Iowa Post Office)

  • John O. Robert Sharp, Autumn in Iowa (mural study, Bloomfield, Iowa Post Office), ca. 1940, oil on linen, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1965.18.3

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Cool blues and greens dominate this scene and evoke the crisp, fresh air of an autumn day in Iowa. John Sharp’s mural study celebrated the old-fashioned community spirit of harvest time, with women dressed in homespun picking apples, a spirited young boy enjoying a bite atop his perch, and rugged men bundling wheat from the fields. A red barn lies at the center of the composition to emphasize that farming was the focus of life in Bloomfield. Visitors to the post office would have found comfort in this nostalgic view of earlier days, when crops were abundant. At the end of the Great Depression and the worst years of the dust bowl, this image promised the citizens of Bloomfield that nature runs in cycles, and that better crops and greater prosperity lay ahead.

Title
Autumn in Iowa (mural study, Bloomfield, Iowa Post Office)
Artist
Date
ca. 1940
On View
Dimensions
12 x 36 in. (30.5 x 91.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on linen
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – farm
  • Occupation – farm – harvesting
  • Landscape – season – autumn
  • Study – mural study
  • Landscape – Iowa
  • Figure group
  • New Deal – Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture – Iowa
Object Number
1965.18.3
Palette
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