Subject matter Lopez began teaching at the University of Michigan School of Art in 1945 at which point he moved to Ann Arbor. This painting shows an Ann Arbor residential area on the northern outskirts in 1947, looking southernly towards the universtiy and downtown area. The artist wrote on the back of the painting Sprint Street and Sunset Road, denoting the location of the perspective. Popular landmarks can be scene in the background such as the Burton Memorial Bell Tower and the University of Michigan Hospital. The painting was done for a collection called, "Michigan on Canvas," a group of 95 paintings and sketches from 10 American artists that highlighted different areas in the state. The collection was commissioned by the J.L. Hudson Company in 1947.
Lopez was an influential artist who was born in Cuba to Spanish parents and lived in Michigan for most of his life. He did many public murals and works of art in the 1930s and 1940s.
Physical Description This landscape of a town has trees and a few figures in the foreground, homes in the midground, and the skyline of a small city in the background.