Oil on canvas
36 x 50 in. (91.44 x 127 cm)
Museum Purchase, 2002.005
Copyright held by Estate of John Register / courtesy Modernism, Inc., San Francisco
This is a realistically-painted outdoor patio scene with four white chairs positioned around a matching white table. The patio set is metal and has curved lines like the style popular in the 1950s and '60s. The ground is flat and gray, perhaps concrete. The top third of the composition is filled by what looks to be the first story of a house. While most of the house is cropped out, there’s a door with three steps leading up to it. A pair of windows and a lush planting strip flank both sides of the entryway. It’s daytime and the sun is overhead, slightly to the left, casting a shadow over the façade and creating dark shapes to the right of the patio set. The lighting makes it difficult to decipher the true color of the house since it’s cast in a dark hue, but a gold door frame pops, along with a few orange buds in the planting strip on the far left.