Haunted House

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1930

Artist:

Morris Kantor
American, born Russia (now Belarus), 1896–1974

About this artwork

As an evocative mingling of the real and supernatural, Haunted House inflects the American past with eerie overtones. Morris Kantor, a Russian-born immigrant, was inspired by the colonial houses he encountered during summers in New England. Here he painted the living room of an early American house, yet his rendering takes on a suggestion of Surrealism through his inclusion of ominous black shadows—in the shape of a ghostly figure at the right—that encroach upon the room. Kantor depicted the surrounding houses in the inky depths of these forms, bringing the dark night into the brightly lit room. Their presence transforms a nostalgic interior into a space of mystery and uncertainty.

On View

American Art, Gallery 263

Artist

Morris Kantor

Title

Haunted House

Origin

United States

Date

1930

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed and dated lower right: M. Kantor / 1930

Dimensions

94.3 × 84.5 cm (37 1/8 × 33 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan Purchase Prize Fund

Reference Number

1931.707

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