|Medium||oil on masonite|
|Dimensions||H-33.75 W-50.25 inches|
|Signature||"James Daugherty/Estate of James Daugherty"|
|Signature Location||stamped on reverse|
|Provenance||estate of the artist (according to Charles Daugherty, the son, this work was painted in Weston, CT, at date noted)|
|Credit line||see Accession notes|
The Porch shows James Daugherty's interest in views of American life in the rural Midwest. The artist portrays many generations of a family getting together. The active gestures between the figures energize the composition.
After Daugherty saw the revolutionary modern art in the Armory Show in 1913, he experimented with abstraction. He eventually returned to painting the human figure. From the 1920s through the 1940s, he painted many murals that drew widespread attention. The large figures and shallow space of The Porch look like those in his murals. However, the unfinished faces show that he did not totally give up abstraction.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts