Interior: Late August

  • Wynn Chamberlain, Interior: Late August, 1955, egg tempera on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.16

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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.

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“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

Title
Interior: Late August
Artist
Date
1955
On View
Dimensions
23 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. (59.0 x 41.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
egg tempera on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – furniture – bed
  • Architecture Interior – detail – window
  • Architecture Interior – domestic – bedroom
  • Object – furniture – chair
  • Cityscape – season – summer
Object Number
1986.6.16
Palette
Linked Open Data
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