Paper Bouquet

Pandoflini - Paper Bouquet.jpg

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Title

Paper Bouquet

Description

The pleasing daisies in a vase at center may give this painting its name, so artfully have they been created and arranged. If so, their status as humble field flowers plays against the ornate, patterned background and checkerboard table. Beautifully harmonized colors create a self-enclosed space. Another interpretation of Pandolfini’s title might observe that everything here is a sort of Trompe-l'œil with painted surfaces.

About the Artist: Born in Palermo, Italy, Pandolfini immigrated to the US in 1912 and worked as an engraver in his father’s jewelry shop. Along with NDG artist James Guy, Pandolfini was among the leadership of the Unemployed Artists Group of the John Reed Club—later to become the Artists Union.  His work was exhibited in places like the Corcoran Gallery (1934); the Museum of Modern Art (1936, 1938); the Pennsylvania State Museum (1939). Underneath his NDG still life painting is a body of work directly grappling with the economic injustice of his times, as a few titles will attest: “Unemployed” (1932-37); “The Pay Line” (1938); “Night Will Fall and the Homeless Shall Be Without Shelter” (1937); and “Strafing Maneuvers” (1941). He taught painting at the Brooklyn Museum. 9 more images at FAP.

Creator

Pandolfini, Joseph Paul, 1906-1987

Publisher

Federal Art Project1937

Date

1937-04-27

Contributor

Ritz, Abigail (photography)

Cooper, Ken (biography)

Source

New Deal Gallery, Genesee Valley Council on the Arts

Object #FA18228

Format

jpeg, 876 KB

Type

Still image

Identifier

135

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Oil painting

Physical Dimensions

17.25 x 21.5 in.
Condition: cracked paint, slightly pitted

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