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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Dwight Primiano.
Title:

Boy Smoking


Artist: Joseph Decker (1853 - 1924)
Date: n.d.
Dimensions:
13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (34.3 x 24.1 cm)
Medium: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2008.7
On View
Accession Number: 2008.7
ProvenanceRichard and Roger Marx, Valley Stream, NY; (Alexander Gallery, New York, NY); purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2008
Label TextThese amusing, if not strange, portraits depict boys doing activities that were common, yet sometimes scandalous. What makes them unique is they are painted on painter’s palettes instead of on traditional material like canvas. Using the palette’s design for his portraits, Joseph Decker transformed the board’s thumb-hole into the boy’s mouth.
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