Décor Slav

  • H. Lyman Saÿen, Décor Slav, ca. 1915, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of H. Lyman Sayen to his nation, 1967.6.6

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H. Lyman Saÿen spent a great deal of time at the home of his friend and fellow painter Carl Newman, who lived in Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania. Saÿen was inspired by Henri Matisse, who encouraged him to use color to express his emotions. He explored the countryside around Newman's house and created large paintings of the landscape in shocking colors. Décor Plat and Décor Slav confused the viewers at a 1916 exhibition, and one visitor commented that their strange compositions "defied analysis or explanation." (Public Ledger, Magazine Section, 1916, in Breeskin, H. Lyman Saÿen, 1970) The thick blocks of paint and bold outlines make the paintings appear animated, as if the colors are dancing and sliding around the canvas.

Title
Décor Slav
Artist
Date
ca. 1915
On View
Dimensions
30 1/8 x 39 3/8 in. (76.5 x 100.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of H. Lyman Sayen to his nation

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – park
  • Landscape – tree
  • Landscape – water
  • Architecture – other – gazebo
Object Number
1967.6.6
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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