Interior: Late August

Media - 1986.6.16 - SAAM-1986.6.16_1 - 9407
Copied Wynn Chamberlain, Interior: Late August, 1955, egg tempera on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.16

Artwork Details

Interior: Late August
23 1416 14 in. (59.041.3 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Mediums Description
egg tempera on fiberboard
  • Architecture Interior — detail — window
  • Architecture Interior — domestic — bedroom
  • Cityscape — season — summer
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Artwork Description

Wynn Chamberlain created this painting at the suggestion of an art dealer, who was exhibiting portraits of interior spaces. This haunting view of an unmade bed, open window, and a pinup calendar leads us to wonder who lives there. We can only see a corner of the bed, and it is easy to imagine the anonymous occupant is asleep. We are voyeurs, spying through the keyhole under the darkness of night.

Luce Object Quote

“This room never existed except in my mind. It is a composite of a number of rooms I’ve been in at one time or another---peopled by the discords or possessions of those who have been there.” Wynn Chamberlain