Male Figure

Media - 1998.84.32 - SAAM-1998.84.32_1 - 65148
Copied Jon Serl, Male Figure, 1967, oil on board, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1998.84.32, © 2000, Randall Morris

Artwork Details

Title
Male Figure
Artist
Date
1967
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
72 3821 14 in. (183.954.0 cm)
Copyright
© 2000, Randall Morris
Credit Line
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on board
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male — full length
  • Performing arts — music — banjo
Object Number
1998.84.32

Artwork Description

Jon Serl’s paintings magnificently fuse the vivid life of his peripatetic, vaudeville upbringing with mature musings on survival, human relations, gender identity, morality, and his own artistic life in the company of chickens and chihuahuas. When Serl began painting in earnest in the late 1940s, he favored landscapes. He soon turned to portrayals of human interaction marked by saturated color and liquid-limbed, dream-like figures.