View of Artist's Home

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Pedro Cervántez painted this view of his porch and property in New Mexico at a pivotal moment in his career. In 1938 he was thrust into the New York art scene with a Museum of Modern Art show that celebrated contemporary artists. In the 1930s, critics praised folk art for its specifically American character, and championed unknown artists like Cervántez for being artists "of the people," working in an authentically American style. View of Artist's Home has the forthright drawing and fresh colors of folk painting. The image captures the humble, comforting intimacy of the farm and the vast sweep of land and sky that surrounds it.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
1938
Object number
1985.8.23
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration
Artist
Pedro Cervántez, born Willcox, AZ 1914-died Clovis, NM 1987
Topic
Occupation\art\artist
New Deal\Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project\New Mexico?
Object\furniture\chest
Architecture Exterior\detail\fence
Architecture Exterior\domestic\house
Architecture Exterior\domestic\Cervantez
Medium
oil on fiberboard
Dimensions
20 1/8 x 32 in. (51.1 x 81.2 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Painting
Folk Art