Judith

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Judith

Artist
Roger Medearis, born Fayette, MO 1920-died San Marino, CA 2001
Sitter
unidentified
Luce Center Label
In 1966, after fifteen years in the business world, Roger Medearis returned to painting, and in later years became known for his images of midwestern landscapes and portraits. In Judith the figure's pale green dress and laced-trimmed bonnet recall the clothing of the pioneer women who settled the Midwest a century earlier. Judith's pose mimics that of portraits of wealthy patrons: Her body is at an angle to the canvas and she looks away from the viewer. Her sagging shoulders and careworn face, however, suggest that the portrait is less a celebration of Judith's wealth or beauty, and more a tribute to the steadfastness and spirit of those who braved the frontier.
Luce Object Quote
"Realism had been the motivating factor for me. Realism gave meaning and coherence to all the aesthetic principles." The artist, quoted in Roger Medearis: Drawings 1977-1981, Capricorn Galleries, 1981
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. Philip Desind
1968
Object number
1986.90.3
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Type
Painting
Medium
acrylic and egg tempera on Masonite
Dimensions
27 1/8 x 25 1/8 in. (68.9 x 63.8 cm.)
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 34B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Topic
Dress\accessory\hat
Figure female\waist length
Portrait female\Judith
Record ID
saam_1986.90.3
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7755710ac-1ac6-4892-9e7e-db60436210ae