Festus Yayple and his Oxen

Festus Yayple and his Oxen

1946

George C. Ault

(American, 1891-1948)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 76.2 x 105.4 x 6.4 cm (30 x 41 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 61.6 x 91.4 cm (24 1/4 x 36 in.)

Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 1775.1949

Description

Ault worked in rural Woodstock, New York, where he befriended laborers such as ox-trader Festus Yayple. Typical of the artist’s work, this canvas infuses an aura of loneliness and beauty into the everyday world. The austere calm of the painting’s composition contrasts with the turmoil surrounding Ault, who at the time suffered from poverty, failing eyesight, alcoholism, and mental illness.

See also
Collection: 
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas

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