The Pasture Lot

NesinGeorge - The Pasture.JPG

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Title

The Pasture Lot

Description

Possibly inspired by a time spent farming in Massachusetts, Nesin’s painting radically flattens the landscape into a tapestry: sky and trees cascade down toward cows behind a fence at bottom. Somewhat abstracted forms give a pleasing roundness and regularity to nature. Nesin appears to set against this a few eccentric details, like a pair of boulders or a crooking fence rail, in the service of visual tension.

About the Artist: Born in Krasilov, Russia (modern-day Ukraine), Nesin immgrated to the US in 1902 and received citizenship in 1911. He seems to have been trained as an engraver, although for a period during the 1930s worked as a farmer in Massachusetts with his brother Morris. He exhibited at the Federal Art Project Gallery (1936). Nesin’s painting “Sawing Wood for Winter” appears in a heartbreaking 1944 Life magazine story on the decision by Colonel Brehon Somervell, the New York WPA administrator, to sell off completed canvases by the pound to a junk dealer. Throughout all these years—and until the end of his life—Nesin was a passionate debater of political issues. As a member of the Socialist Party, he advocated for old age pensions and against conscription during the Great War (he spent six months in jail for speaking on a street corner). Later, with the rise of fascism, he advocated for US vigilance and filled out a draft registration card at age 52. By the end of his life he had renounced socialism: “We walk with the code of Civilization: The Ten Commandments and the great Hebrew Prophets who were every bit Conservative” (New Guard April 1962: 19). 1 more image at FAP.

Creator

Nesin, George, 1889-1962

Publisher

Federal Art Gallery

Date

1937

Contributor

Ritz, Abigail (photography)

Cooper, Ken (biography)

Source

New Deal Gallery, Genesee Valley Council on the Arts

Object #FA18223

Format

jpeg, 1.2 MB
jpeg, 14.2 MB

Type

Still image

Identifier

130

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Oil painting

Physical Dimensions

24 x 30 in.
Condition: stain in right corner

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