Detail View

Looking at the Sunshine
Date: ca. 1938
Dimensions: image: 38 1/8 in. x 48 in. (96.8 x 121.9 cm) frame: 51 3/8 x 5 x 2 3/4 in. (130.5 x 152.4 x 7 cm)
Medium: egg tempera on linen mounted on board
Credit Line: Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund Purchase
Label Text: What might this figure be contemplating? This portrayal of an African-American man pausing in his labors was based on the artist’s observations of The Ford Brick and Tile Company during a summer he spent in Kansas City, Kansas. The man is posed in front of a beehive kiln, where the bricks and tiles were baked. De Martelly was fascinated by the vibrancy and vitality of everyday activities. He expressed deep appreciation for this location, writing “such color I have never seen anywhere before or since” and that his time there was “one of the most magnificent aesthetic experiences I have ever had.”
Object Number: 1999.20
Currently not on view