Vieille Maison at Porte

Media - 1967.59.694 - SAAM-1967.59.694_1 - 81358
Copied William H. Johnson, Vieille Maison at Porte, ca. 1927, oil on burlap, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1967.59.694

Artwork Details

Vieille Maison at Porte
ca. 1927
2420 18 in. (61.051.0 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the Harmon Foundation
Mediums Description
oil on burlap
  • Landscape — France — Porte
  • Architecture Exterior — domestic — Vieille Maison
  • Architecture Exterior — detail — tower
  • Architecture — bridge
  • Architecture Exterior — domestic — house
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Artwork Description

William H. Johnson first traveled to Europe when he was twenty-five, settling in Paris for a year before moving to the south of France. Here, Johnson tried out the style of French impressionists, using thick strokes of pure color to evoke bright sunlight and luminous shadows falling on an ancient house in the town of Chartres. The image suggests Johnson’s optimism and excitement at finding himself in Europe, where American artists had gone for generations to sharpen their skills.