Dec 30, 2010

Festus Yayple and his Oxen

Festus Yayple and his Oxen


George 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 1949.1775



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
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas

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