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Joseph E. Yoakum

(American, 1886–1972)

A View of Pleasure Bend

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Object Details

Artist

Joseph E. Yoakum

Date

1970

Medium

Ballpoint pen and colored pencil

Dimensions

Image: 11 3/4 × 18 3/4 inches (29.8 × 47.6 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Tom Armstrong, Class of 1954, and Bunty Armstrong

Object
Number

80.095.004

Compelled to draw for the first time in 1962, Joseph Yoakum created hundreds of sketches like this o(…)

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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