Village Green

  • John Pike, Village Green, 1945, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design, 1989.86

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Village Green shows a congested square where cars, bicycles, and horse-drawn carriages compete for space on the narrow roads. The image suggests the effects of war on the home front: a soldier in the foreground greets an elderly neighbor, a group of children play “war” in the square, a sign advertises a Red Cross blood drive, and an honor roll lists the names of local boys serving overseas. John Pike painted this image in 1945, when World War II was ending and he was posted to Asia as an artist-correspondent. The thin layers of paint, scumbled colors, and bird’s-eye view create a hazy, sentimental image that evokes a distant memory, as if recalled by someone far from home.

Village Green
On View
24 1/8 x 30 1/8 in. (61.4 x 76.6 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design

Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
  • Figure(s) in exterior
  • Landscape – bird's eye view
  • Architecture – vehicle – carriage
  • Animal – horse
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