Four by Four

  • Thomas Loeser, Four by Four, 1994, carved, painted, varnished, and waxed mahogany with acrylic and milk paint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1994, Tom Loeser, Gift of Robert and Gayle Greenhill, Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld, anonymous contributors and museum purchase, 1995.92

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Four by Four is one of a series of chests that Tom Loeser created in the early 1990s. The limited range of milk-based colors in each quadrant call attention to the gouges in the wood, so that the “stripes enhance the stripes.” After he applies the different tones of paint, Loeser lightly sands the ridges to bring our attention back to the elegant mahogany that lies beneath. The title is part of the mystery, playing on the four patterned “drawers” found in each of four quadrants that mask the six actual drawers.

Title
Four by Four
Artist
Date
1994
On View
Dimensions
44 1/4 x 33 3/4 x 17 in. (112.4 x 85.8 x 43.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Robert and Gayle Greenhill, Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld, anonymous contributors and museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved, painted, varnished, and waxed mahogany with acrylic and milk paint
Classifications
Object Number
1995.92
Palette
Linked Open Data
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