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

Did you know?

The museum purchased this painting directly from Ault's widow just eight months after the artist died.


Cleveland-born George Ault spent his final years in rural Woodstock, New York, where he befriended local laborers such as ox-trader Festus Yayple. As 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 Ault's personal life. During this time he lived in poverty, with failing eyesight, alcoholism, and ill health.

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

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