The Good Companions

  • Edward Laning, The Good Companions, 1960, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.52

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Edward Laning was raised by his grandfathers, both of whom were involved in populist politics. His career developed in New York during the height of the Great Depression, when he painted images of workers living in his Union Square neighborhood. Laning’s respect for the common man lasted throughout his career, as we see in The Good Companions, painted nearly thirty years after the Depression. The three drunks are little help to one another, but their solidarity echoes Laning’s regard for working Americans.

Title
The Good Companions
Artist
Date
1960
On View
Dimensions
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • State of being – other – intoxicated
  • State of being – emotion – friendship
Object Number
1986.6.52
Palette
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