Landscape #9

Media - 1978.55.3 - SAAM-1978.55.3_1 - 64952
Copied Doyle Lane, Landscape #9, 1967, earthenware and glaze, 15 1816 146 in. (38.341.315.2 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 1978.55.3

Artwork Details

Landscape #9
15 1816 146 in. (38.341.315.2 cm)
lower right in black marker: DOYLE LANE back center: DOYLE LANE, 67 back stamped: LANE, CLAY PAINTINGS, ST., CA5-3478--BRENO, CAL., 90032 (partially obscured) back: CLAY PAINTING--FRAGILE, PRICE; (illegible) SIZE; ABSTRACT/STUDY; (crossed out) LANDSCAPE # 9
Credit Line
Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Mediums Description
earthenware and glaze
  • Nonrepresentational
  • Abstract
Object Number

Artwork Description

Doyle Lane built this piece from slabs of clay, then applied colored glazes to the surface. The rough texture resembles weathered rock, as if the artist salvaged pieces of natural-colored stone and placed them together in a mosaic. The cracks flow across the surface of the clay like dramatic ravines, evoking a landscape seen from far above. Lane intends for his pieces to be viewed out-of-doors so that the colors and patterns can interact with the sunlight as a natural part of the landscape.

Luce Object Quote

“Why not take paintings out of doors where one might sit and watch the changing play of sunshine on the glazes, and thus have changes of mood during the day?” Lane, quoted in Nordness, Objects: USA, 1970