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Illuminated Landscape

Accession Number

Illuminated Landscape

Chet Harmon La More

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
casein on board

24 ⅜ in x 30 3/16 in (61.91 cm x 76.68 cm);33 in x 39 in x 2 in (83.82 cm x 99.06 cm x 5.08 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
Wisconsin-born LaMore studied in Madison at the Colt School of Art before working on Federal art projects in Baltimore and New York. By the 1940s his work had become distinctly Surrealist in character, and Illuminated Landscape exhibits many of the qualities of that movement. The nocturnal landscape contains elements that are evocative of both marine flora and fauna as well as celestial bodies. These forms, depicted in the most delicate colors—pinks, greens, and blues—are set against a modulated monochrome background. This dreamlike setting weaves imaginary shapes with those derived from natural forms to create a rich image of stars and sea plants.
LaMore joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1947, where he taught until his retirement in 1974.
Label copy from exhibition "Dreamscapes: The Surrealist Impulse," August 22 - October 25, 1998

Subject matter
Fantastical landscape populated with otherwordly flora and fauna. The image evokes a fantasy of a dream-like place wrapped in its own mystery.

Physical Description
Nocturnal scene with landscape populated by otherworldly pink, green, and blue flora and fauna resembling marine life or celestial bodies.

Primary Object Classification

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Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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landscapes (environments)
modern and contemporary art

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