Bargain Hunters

  • Kenneth Hayes Miller, Bargain Hunters, 1940, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.65, © 1940, Kenneth Hayes Miller

During the forty years Kenneth Hayes Miller taught at the Art Students League in New York City, he encouraged a generation of American painters, including Reginald Marsh, Paul Cadmus, and Sara Roby, to find inspiration in contemporary life. Yet he also counseled compositional balance and the value of classic form. For his own work, Miller looked to the shoppers, salesgirls, strollers, and streetwalkers he encountered around Fourteenth Street and Union Square. In Bargain Hunters, he captured the crush of femininity on sale day. Although the women seem frozen in space, their eyes sparkle with the excitement of bargain hunting.


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014
Title
Bargain Hunters
Artist
Date
1940
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
30 7836 18 in. (78.491.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – quality – prudence
  • Occupation – domestic – shopping
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Architecture Interior – commercial – store
  • Figure group
Object Number
1986.6.65
Palette
Linked Open Data
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