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Bright Light at Russell's Corners

The radiant light at Russell's Corners forms the center of the mysterious world Ault painted there. His wife Louise chose a quotation from the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to describe her husband: "Unless there be chaos within, no dancing star is born."

To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America, 2011

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George Ault made a series of paintings of Russell's Corners in Woodstock, New York. These images of lonely farm buildings symbolized traditional farm life and reflected Ault's desire to isolate himself from others (Louise Ault, Artist in Woodstock, 1978). He often incorporated religious imagery into his works, and here, a single bright light marks the center of a...

1946
Oil on canvas
49.9 x 63.4cm
1976.121
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

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