Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection
born Nyack, NY 1882–died New York City 1967
Cape Cod Morning
oil on canvas
34 1/8 x 40 1/4 in.
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
provenance: Frank K. M. Rehn., Inc., New York, 1955
In Cape Cod Morning, a woman looks out a bay window, riveted by something beyond the pictorial space. She is framed by tall, dark shutters and the shaded façade of the oriel window. The brilliant sunlight on the side of the house contrasts with the blue sky, trees, and golden grass that fill the right half of the canvas. The painting tells no story; instead, the woman's tense pose creates a sense of anxious anticipation, and the bifurcated image implies a dichotomy between her interior space and the world beyond.
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