Tony Smith / Willy / designed 1962, fabricated 1978Tony Smith
designed 1962, fabricated 1978

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Creator Name: Smith, Tony
Creator Dates/Places: American, 1912 - 1980
Creator Name-CRT: Tony Smith
Title: Willy
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Creation Start Date: 1962
Creation End Date: 1978
Creation Date: designed 1962, fabricated 1978
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: steel
Dimensions: Overall: 91 1/4 x 224 x 135 in., 4003.6 lb. (231.77 x 568.96 x 342.9 cm., 51.6 kg.)
AMICA Contributor: Dallas Museum of Art
Owner Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
ID Number: 1977.72
Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, Irvin L. and Meryl P. Levy Endowment Fund and General Acquisitions Fund
Copyright: ? Estate of Tony Smith / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Context: Eastman Johnson based many of his most successful genre scenes on his summer visits to Nantucket, where he had bought property and built a studio on the bluffs overlooking the Atlantic. The fresh breezes and unpretentious society of the island were a respite from the "whirl of the city" in which his career was conducted. "Five Boys on a Wall" is an oil sketch on board, capturing the natural play of light and shadow on a group of children lounging in the sun. From such sketches, Johnson would refine the composition, developing his sitters' faces and costumes in his finished works. Following the horrors of the Civil War, Johnson, Winslow Homer, and other artists frequently portrayed the idyllic country lives of the "barefoot boys," whose carefree existence faintly echoed the lost innocence of the nation.
AMICA ID: DMA_.1977.72
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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