Oil on canvas
36 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (92.71 x 62.23 cm)
Founding Collection, Gift of Charles and Emma Frye, 1952.148
This is a portrait of a peacock. His bright blue, s-shaped head and turquoise comb is in profile near the top center of the painting. His back is displayed to the viewer. He has tan and brown speckled wings, which are separated by iridescent yellow, green, and orange feathers cascading down his back. His tailfeathers are down and move diagonally, reaching the bottom left corner. The long, wispy gold feathers are patterned with emerald circles and deep blue spots. He’s perched on ground that’s been uplifted by the roots of a gray tree that form the letter V with the peacock’s tail. The background has a stand of verdant trees filling most of the left side of the composition. On the right side is a light blue sky filled with wispy clouds and at the bottom, a neon blue stripe of water.