Look Down That Road

  • Charles Pollock, Look Down That Road, 1942, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1942 Charles Pollock Archives, Transfer from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1975.94.2

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In this painting a black man sits on a suitcase, pondering a future that lies around a bend in the road and cannot be seen. The turbulent sky echoes the man’s loneliness, as if he has already traveled far from home. Charles Pollock painted this image during the Second World War, and it evokes the turmoil experienced by many men as they left their homes and families to join the war effort. Pollock likely took the title from “Look Down that Lonesome Road,” an African American folk song recorded by Alan Lomax during the Depression years.

Title
Look Down That Road
Artists
Date
1942
On View
Dimensions
38 x 48 in. (96.4 x 122.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male
  • Landscape – road
  • Ethnic – African-American
Object Number
1975.94.2
Palette
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