Smithsonian Institution Collections
- Smithsonian Museum
- Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Gallery Label
- Jon Serl’s paintings magnificently fuse the vivid life of his peripatetic, vaudeville upbringing with mature musings on survival, human relations, gender identity, morality, and his own artistic life in the company of chickens and chihuahuas. When Serl began painting in earnest in the late 1940s, he favored landscapes. He soon turned to portrayals of human interaction marked by saturated color and liquid-limbed, dream-like figures.
- Jon Serl, born Olean, NY 1894-died Lake Elsinore, CA 1993
- Credit Line
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
- oil on board
- 72 3/8 x 21 1/4 in. (183.9 x 54.0 cm)
- Folk Art