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Hog Lot

Millard Owen Sheets

American Art

Millard Sheets made this work on the spot while traveling through the Kansas Dust Bowl. (Many midwestern farmlands were destroyed by drought and dust storms in the 1930s, and Sheets stated that “the bleakness in the painting is symbolic of the period.”) With his American subject matter and skillful handling of the medium, the California-based artist earned national acclaim for his watercolors at the time, with critics regularly comparing him to the celebrated masters Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper.
MEDIUM Watercolor over graphite on off-white, very thick, rough-textured wove paper
DATES 1932
DIMENSIONS 15 7/8 x 23 in. (40.3 x 58.4 cm) Frame: 28 x 36 x 1 1/2 in. (71.1 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "Millard Sheets"
CREDIT LINE John B. Woodward Memorial Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Millard Owen Sheets (American, 1907–1989). Hog Lot, 1932. Watercolor over graphite on off-white, very thick, rough-textured wove paper, 15 7/8 x 23 in. (40.3 x 58.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, John B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 35.912. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 35.912_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 35.912_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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