Shovel Hats

Media - 1986.6.27 - SAAM-1986.6.27_1 - 9425
Copied Guy Pene du Bois, Shovel Hats, 1923, oil on plywood, 2014 34 in. (50.737.5 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.27

Artwork Details

Shovel Hats
Not on view
2014 34 in. (50.737.5 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Mediums Description
oil on plywood
  • Figure group
  • Dress — accessory — hat
  • Cityscape
Object Number

Artwork Description

Pène du Bois made his artistic debut at the 1905 Paris Salon but returned to New York in 1906. He took a job at the New York American and for the next fifteen years worked as both a painter and an art critic. By the 1920s, Pène du Bois was well known for ironic paintings of what he called the “symbols of sophistication.” His depictions of affluent society enjoying leisure moments---at the race track and in restaurants and night clubs---often caricature the vacuity of their fascination with style.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014


Media - 1986.6.100 - SAAM-1986.6.100_2 - 135134
Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection
October 20, 2018November 28, 2018
This exhibition presents some of the most treasured paintings and sculpture from SAAM’s permanent collection, including artworks by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, George Tooker, among others.