DescriptionDEFORREST HALE JUDD (American, 1916-1992)
Ghost Town, 1954
Oil on masonite
24 x 36 inches (61.0 x 91.4 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: Deforrest Judd 54
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Art Rental Collection, 1955 (label verso).
In Ghost Town, Deforrest Judd depicts abandoned and deteriorating buildings which are painted in a distorted and unbalanced rhythm. This style reinforces the precariousness of the buildings' condition and a surreal mood. The contrasting colors of night-blue and rust orange further suggest darkness and decay. The bleached-bone color of the building facades invokes the skeleton of a community which no longer exists, where ghosts could emerge at any moment. When deeply contemplated, the painting echoes the viewer's sense of loss, perhaps along with a shiver down the spine.
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