The Farewell

Bernard Perlin, The Farewell, 1952, casein on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.70
Copied Bernard Perlin, The Farewell, 1952, casein on fiberboard, 34 1847 18 in. (86.7119.7 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.70

Artwork Details

Title
The Farewell
Date
1952
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
34 1847 18 in. (86.7119.7 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Mediums
Mediums Description
casein on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Landscape — forest
Object Number
1986.6.70

Artwork Description

Bernard Perlin painted The Farewell while living in Italy, supported partially by Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships. The spidery network of tree limbs and the soft crimson of the forest floor are a beautiful study of line and color. A couple walking toward the left side of the canvas and a single figure at right introduce a narrative. The painting’s title simultaneously links the figures and indicates their parting.


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

Exhibitions

Media - 1986.6.100 - SAAM-1986.6.100_2 - 135134
Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection
This exhibition presents some of the most treasured paintings and sculpture from SAAM’s permanent collection, including artworks by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, George Tooker, among others.