Southwest

  • Tom Lea, Southwest, 1956, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Endowment and the Philip Desind Memorial Fund and gift of Mr. James H. Clement, Jr.; Mrs. James H. Clement, Sr.; Mr. Billy Bob Crim; Marsha Lea Daggett, PhD.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Decherd in honor of the President of the United States George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush; Mr. and Mrs. James F. Dicke II; Ms. Jennifer S. Dicke; Mr. and Mrs. H. David Herndon; Mrs. Jean J. Kemp; Mr. and Mrs. William L. Kiely; the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation; the King Ranch, Inc.; Mr. Al Lowman; Adair Margo Gallery, Inc.; Mr. and Mrs. Ellis O. Mayfield; , 2002.38

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Southwest is a small-scale version of a mural in the El Paso Public Library that Tom Lea and his wife, Sarah Dighton, presented as a gift to the citizens of the city. It is the only mural that Tom and Sarah worked on together and is signed with both of their names. Both the finished mural and this smaller version celebrate the wide-open sky and landscapes for which that region of the country is well known. After completing the six-by-twenty-foot mural, Lea wrote: "It took its shape simply as a luminous window looking out upon its birthland.

Title
Southwest
Artists
Date
1956
On View
Dimensions
10 1/4 × 32 in. (26.0 × 81.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Endowment and the Philip Desind Memorial Fund and gift of Mr. James H. Clement, Jr.; Mrs. James H. Clement, Sr.; Mr. Billy Bob Crim; Marsha Lea Daggett, PhD.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Decherd in honor of the President of the United States George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush; Mr. and Mrs. James F. Dicke II; Ms. Jennifer S. Dicke; Mr. and Mrs. H. David Herndon; Mrs. Jean J. Kemp; Mr. and Mrs. William L. Kiely; the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation; the King Ranch, Inc.; Mr. Al Lowman; Adair Margo Gallery, Inc.; Mr. and Mrs. Ellis O. Mayfield;

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – desert
  • Landscape – United States – southwest states
Object Number
2002.38
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