Armorel, Arkansas

Armorel, Arkansas

Artist: Jacob Semiatin
Type: Watercolor on paper
Year: July 1943
Size/Dimensions: 22 x 15 in.
Origin: Gala Fund Purchase
Accession Number: 2012.45.4

Irish-American Jacob Semiatin spent most of his life in Manhattan but visited Mississippi County, Arkansas, several times between 1942 and 1945. While there he painted scenes from Blytheville including the barracks, cotton mill, and the town’s center. Other images from the era include the rolling croplands and barns of Armorel, Arkansas, an unincorporated community in Mississippi County. In this work, Semiatin has perfectly captured a hot, breezy July day. Jacob Semiatin is well known for his watercolor landscapes, often depicting rural, southern scenes. This work features a farm scene from Armorel, a small community in Mississippi County, Arkansas. His expressive brushstrokes foretell Semiatin’s eventual embrace of abstract art.

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Armorel, Arkansas