Levee Farms

Media - 2004.30.4 - SAAM-2004.30.4_1 - 65873
Copied Wayne Thiebaud, Levee Farms, 1998, oil on canvas, 4848 in. (121.9121.9 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Sam Rose and Julie Walters, 2004.30.4

Artwork Details

Levee Farms
4848 in. (121.9121.9 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Sam Rose and Julie Walters
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Architecture Exterior — industry — waterwork
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Artwork Description

The vantage point of Levee Farms is that of a low-flying bird as it surveys planting fields and a river suffused with the warm light of the California sun. A tour de force of curving lines, gentle color, and subtle shadows describe fields that follow the contours of the river as it flows toward the delta. Here, Thiebaud toyed with perspective--there is no horizon line, for example--and manipulates space to celebrate the confluence of man in harmony with the natural world.