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Male Figure

Male Figure
Smithsonian Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Description
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.
Artist
Jon Serl, born Olean, NY 1894-died Lake Elsinore, CA 1993
Date
1967
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.
Medium
oil on board
Dimensions
72 3/8 x 21 1/4 in. (183.9 x 54.0 cm)
Type
Painting
Folk Art