Deserted Landscape

  • Malcolm Roberts, Deserted Landscape, 1937, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from General Services Administration, 1971.447.77

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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.

Title
Deserted Landscape
Artists
Date
1937
On View
Dimensions
24 x 30 in. (61.0 x 76.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from General Services Administration

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Classifications
Keywords
  • New Deal – Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project – Washington State
  • Landscape – plain
  • Modern art movement – other – surreal
Object Number
1971.447.77
Palette
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