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Asgaard Cornfield (Corn and Oats, Gray Day)


Title: Asgaard Cornfield (Corn and Oats, Gray Day)
Artist: Kent, Rockwell   
Date of Work: c. 1945 - 1950
Medium/Support: oil on canvas
Measurements: 28 1/8 x 44 1/8 in (71.4 x 112.1 cm)
Inscribed: Yes
Inscription Type: signed
Inscription Location: lower right
Inscription Text: Rockwell Kent
Acquisition Information: Gift of SBC Communications, Inc.
Acquisition Number: 2005.1832.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"The road and rows of corn establish a gentle diagonal into the the landscape. Only the nearest corn rows are seen because the hillside field drops quickly out of sight. Their intense green is the first of two large swaths of green that sweep across the canvas. The canvas is wide and we sense the continuation of the landscape on either side. The second swath, the forest that completely clothes the mountain, is painted a more muted green. "Blue invariably accompanies green in this painting. Strokes of pure light blue model the corn leaves. . . . "There are no figures at all in this extensive landscape, but the tilled fields attest to human activity."

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 271
Categories: White House Art Collection  
Type: landscapes   
Orientation: Landscape
Image ID: 200
Date (chronological sort): 1945