Japanese Garden

WardEdgarMelville - Japanese Garden.jpg

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Title

Japanese Garden

Description

This painting depicts blooming Japanese flora in what appears to be a body of water; however, most of the canvas is negative space, a technique that allows for a higher contrast in colors of Ward’s vegetation. It also is perhaps intended to allow viewers to contemplate life and its meaning, for the flowers and waterlilies surrounding the base of the vegetation—their branches and petals—are flourishing.

About the Artist: Ward was born, in Paris, to a family of artists. His father Edgar Melville was a noted genre painter who directed the National Academy of Design for twenty years; his uncle John Quincy Adams Ward was even more famous for his public sculptures. The younger painter studied with Edward William Carlson, Francis Coates Jones, and—perhaps most influential—the muralist George W. Maynard. He lived much of his life in Ulster County. As of the mid-1930s Ward, in addition to painting, was a designer and a muralist in his own right (Kingston Daily Freeman 30 July 1936: 7). His “Under Sea Life” was at the Jones Beach Pavillion, and he created several for Wells College, Aurora NY.

Creator

Ward, Edgar Melville, Jr., 1887-1943

Publisher

Federal Art Project

Date

1935-1940

Contributor

Ritz, Abigail (photographer)

Griffin, Michael (biography)

Source

New Deal Gallery, Genesee Valley Council on the Arts

Object #FA18285

Format

jpeg, 2.5 MB

Type

Still image

Identifier

192

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Oil on board

Physical Dimensions

30 x 40 in.
Condition: surface dirt, stained slightly

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