Town Square

  • O. Louis Guglielmi, Town Square, ca. 1936-1939, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, 1985.65.20

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A single coat thrown over the back of a chair is the only evidence of people or activity in this deserted square. O. Louis Guglielmi painted completely from his imagination, believing that his inner world was just as “real” as the streets and houses outside (Miller and Barr, American Realists and Magic Realists, 1943). Many of his paintings depict families struggling to live through the Depression, but Town Square implies a later, sadder moment when there are no people left. Even the statue gazes downward, as if wondering where all the life has gone.

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“I like to evoke the feel of a street, the unseen life hidden by blank walls, its bustle and noise, the mystery of a deserted alley.” Guglielmi, “I Hope to Sing Again,” Magazine of Art, January 1944

Title
Town Square
Artist
Date
ca. 1936-1939
On View
Dimensions
30 1/8 x 36 1/8 in. (76.5 x 91.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – weapon – cannon
  • Architecture Exterior – commercial – hotel
  • Architecture Exterior – civic – town hall
  • Cityscape – town
  • Monument – statue
Object Number
1985.65.20
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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