## Painting - Equal Triangles

- In this painting, based on his own construction, Crockett Johnson continued his exploration of rectilinear figures that could be made with a ruler and compass, assuming that one could construct a square of area equal to pi (e.g. if one could square the circle). More specifically, he assumed that he could construct a square of that area (the square in blue and dark blue in the painting) and found four triangles, also shown in shades of blue, that would be of equal area. A sheet from his papers presents his argument (1979.3083.04.02)
- The oil painting on masonite is #86 in the series. It is signed on the back: EQUAL TRIANGLES (/) Crockett Johnson 1972. There is a wood and chrome frame.
- Location
- Currently not on view

- National Museum of American History

- painter
- Johnson, Crockett

- Credit Line
- Ruth Krauss in memory of Crockett Johnson

- Physical Description
- masonite (substrate material)
- wood (frame material)
- metal (frame material)
- Measurements
- overall: 71.7 cm x 64 cm x 3.5 cm; 28 1/4 in x 25 3/16 in x 1 3/8 in

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- Medicine and Science: Mathematics
- Science & Mathematics
- Art
- Crockett Johnson

- 1972

- Object Name
- painting

- ID Number
- 1979.1093.56
- catalog number
- 1979.1093.56
- accession number
- 1979.1093