PETO, John Frederick
(b. 1854, Philadelphia, d. 1907, New York City)

Tom's River

Oil on canvas, 59 x 41 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

This painting is a skilful game of deception, starting with the wooden frame with the nails which cast fake shadows, the string hanging down on one side, the texture of the old wood painted in different colours, the torn papers and the letters which are apparently scratched into the wood.

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