© William Smith. Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
Paradise Lost
Date: 1999
Medium: Oil on book page
Dimensions: 10 × 8 × 3 1/2 in. (25.4 × 20.3 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line: F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund, 2000
Object Number: 2000-14
About: The mysteriously poetic landscapes of William Smith are layered with meanings and allusions. The landscape images, often overlaid on the written text of book pages, are created to elicit a particular mood or association in the viewer. The works, which combine pictoral and literary references, are intuitively created from Smith's visual impressions of a place. Paradise Lost incorporates an actual copy of John Milton's tale of loss and redemption. Smith bored a hole through book's pages, except for the front and back covers. Upon the inside back cover he painted a three-inch abstract waterway. The tiny painting, visible through the hole, appears as a melancholy dreamscape flowing just beyond the reaches of reality.
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