Evening

Media - 1991.205.2 - SAAM-1991.205.2_1 - 11354
Copied Kenneth M. Adams, Evening, ca. 1950-1960, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Arvin Gottlieb, 1991.205.2

Artwork Details

Title
Evening
Date
ca. 1950-1960
Dimensions
2430 14 in. (61.076.9 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Arvin Gottlieb
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Interior — detail — window
  • Landscape — time — evening
  • Allegory — life — old age
  • Portrait female — Ascensione, Dona — elderly
Object Number
1991.205.2

Artwork Description

Kenneth Adams posed an elderly woman before a window that looks out on a darkening day. Her wrinkled features resemble the weathered land behind her, and her snowy head wrap and blue blouse evoke clouds in a twilight sky. The allegorical title emphasizes the association between the “native” and her environment, an idea that many Anglo painters in the Southwest fostered in their art.