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Department
Painting and Sculpture
Date
1933-1934
Object number
1964.1.140
Exhibition Label
Robert Miller's painting of a Pennsylvania farm amid snow-covered hills seems the very picture of cold rural silence. No one travels the road running past the farm. The people and livestock all shelter in the solidly built house and barn. Even the trees are under cover for winter, cut back without a leaf braving the frosty air. Yet the sky is a rich blue, and the barn and house glow in warm tones of red and yellow. The diagonal lines of the trees and buildings suggest suppressed life waiting for spring.
The farms around Miller's home in New Hope, Pennsylvania, held the promise of more than sprouting crops. He was only one of the artists and writers attracted to Bucks County by the picturesque scenery. As the Depression pushed down real estate values, New York City theatrical luminaries such as George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart bought newly affordable Pennsylvania farms. They made an old mill into the Bucks County Playhouse. In New Hope, as in artistic centers across the country, the fresh life emerging in the spring of 1934 would be both creative and agricultural.1934: A New Deal for Artists exhibition label
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor
Artist
Robert A. Darrah Miller, born Philadelphia, PA 1905-died Solebury, PA 1966
Topic
Landscape\farm
Landscape\season\winter
New Deal\Public Works of Art Project\Pennsylvania
Architecture Exterior\farm\barn
Architecture Exterior\domestic\farmhouse
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
22 x 28 1/8 in. (55.9 x 71.5 cm.)
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Type
Painting
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk72ce4f2b2-a813-41bd-9888-51e6bdc65bec
Record ID
saam_1964.1.140

Farm

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