Study for mural, Union Trust Company Building, "The Sources of Wealth"

  • Kenyon Cox, Study for mural, Union Trust Company Building, "The Sources of Wealth", ca. 1903, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing, 1983.114.3

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Kenyon Cox spent a great deal of time planning his murals and often created multiple studies before he was satisfied with the design. This mural study shows how he worked out his color scheme. Before deciding on the facial expressions of his figures, Cox balanced the figural groups. Red accents connect all the figures with each other and unify the design. Cox’s attention to harmonizing colors reflects his idea of painting as a selection of colors and forms chosen to make the most unified image. (Morgan, Keepers of Culture, 1989)

Title
Study for mural, Union Trust Company Building, "The Sources of Wealth"
Artist
Date
ca. 1903
On View
Dimensions
9 3/4 x 28 1/2 in. (24.8 x 72.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Allegory – quality – wealth
  • Dress – historic – classical dress
  • Study
Object Number
1983.114.3
Palette
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