9 x 12"
oil on panel
Two of our country's best art museums are in Washington DC and often overlooked. The Smithsonian American Art Museum, conveniently connected to the National Portrait Gallery, which is located on F Street, not in the National Mall with all the other museums - where I want to stand and scream "go a few blocks down to the best two museums in the city!".
American art and American artists are my jam. Top five personal favorites include Edward Hopper. This gem I featured is People in the Sun. A perfect description, on the museum's website, says this painting "suggests a crowd of tourists who feel obliged to take in a famous scenic view, but do so with little pleasure." That makes me laugh. Hopper traveled the American West, taking in motel scenes, landscapes, lonely tourists and a whole different light and brought it back to New York City. He didn't paint out West, he found himself unable to deal with what he called the harsh light and monumental landscapes. Many of his paintings are a result of sketches and memories, including People in the Sun.
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