Ballpoint pen and colored pencil
Dimensions: Image: 11 1/2 x 17 3/4 in. (29.2 x 45.1 cm)
Gift of Tom Armstrong, Class of 1954, and Bunty Armstrong
Object Number: 80.095.005
Compelled to draw for the first time in 1962, Joseph Yoakum created hundreds of sketches like this one during the last decade of his life. Working from memory (real, imagined, or embellished), he described his process as a “spiritual unfoldment.” As seen here, Yoakum typically inscribed his landscapes with the name—and sometimes a description—of the place depicted. The date stamp constitutes another Yoakum trademark. ("The Best Way to Prepare Bananas: Fruits of the Soul from the Permanent Collection," curated by Matt Conway and presented at the Johnson Museum June 24-August 13, 2017)
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