Deserted Landscape

Media - 1971.447.77 - SAAM-1971.447.77_1 - 4123
Copied Malcolm Roberts, Deserted Landscape, 1937, tempera on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from General Services Administration, 1971.447.77

Artwork Details

Title
Deserted Landscape
Date
1937
Dimensions
2430 in. (61.076.2 cm)
Credit Line
Transfer from General Services Administration
Mediums
Mediums Description
tempera on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape — plain
  • Modern art movement — other — surreal
Object Number
1971.447.77

Artwork Description

Malcolm Roberts painted several landscapes inspired by discarded objects washed up on Seattle’s beaches. Here, a piece of driftwood shaped like a woman’s pelvis balances delicately on a pedestal like a valuable piece of sculpture. In the background, looming constructions rise up from the sand and a rocking chair sits in the dim moonlight, as if somebody has just left the scene. Roberts placed apparently random objects together against a dark sky to evoke the immediate aftermath of some unknown, sinister event.