Leon Golub, Head I 1961, 1961, oil and lacquer on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 1968.52.19
Unlike the abstract expressionists who dominated American art in the 1950s, Golub remained a figural painter who captured the violent and contradictory impulses in human nature. When he painted Head I 1961, the paranoia and brinksmanship of the Cold War dominated American life, but critics often glossed over the political message in Golub's work, choosing instead to compare his tormented figures with the warring gods of classical sculpture.
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Head I 1961
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52 1/4 x 38 5/8 in. (132.7 x 98.1 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
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- oil and lacquer on canvas
- Figure – head
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