The River

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1942

Artist:

O. Louis Guglielmi
American, born Egypt, 1906–1956

About this artwork

In The River, Louis Guglielmi depicted female figures alongside an expanse of blue water. Hemmed in by the monolithic concrete riverbank, with an industrial landscape in the distance, the natural flow of water seems controlled and possibly reshaped. The expressions of the three women standing in the foreground are concealed from the viewer, contributing to the sense of ambiguity created by the vivid contrast between the natural and man-made landscapes. Commenting on The River, one critic noted that Guglielmi “interprets the relationship of man to his city environment. Often more profound than social consciousness, his work somehow suggests the theme of man oppressed by his own great triumphs.”

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American Art

Artist

O. Louis Guglielmi

Title

The River

Origin

United States

Date

1942

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

86.4 × 76.2 cm (34 × 30 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Society for Contemporary American Art

Reference Number

1945.6

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