The Gardener

  • Jon Stroup, The Gardener, 1979, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1985.30.62

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In this painting, Jon Stroup emphasized the dramatic contrast between the cool shade of the interior and the heat in the garden outside. The image is representational, but the windows, plants, and shadows create abstract patterns that are as interesting as the figures. The dark figure on the right could be a statue or a person, watching the gardener from the shadows, and this, together with the strange plants gazing in the window, transforms the naturalistic painting into something more disquieting.

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"It sometimes strikes me as odd that I paint the way I do, for I would have thought, considering my predilection for modernism, that I would be more abstract." Artist's statement, SAAM curatorial file

Title
The Gardener
Artist
Date
1979
On View
Dimensions
39 7/8 x 40 1/8 in. (101.3 x 101.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female
  • Architecture Interior – domestic – living room
  • Architecture Interior – detail – window
Object Number
1985.30.62
Palette
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