Keith Jacobshagen (American, born 1941),
oil on canvas, 38 1/8 x 36 1/8 in.; 96.84 x 91.76 cm
Museum Purchase with funds provided by David and Anne Rismiller, 1998.26
The sky dominates Jacobshagen's landscapes, but his pictures are also carefully composed to draw the eye to the land and man's relation to it — here one sees a farmstead and a bonfire, perhaps burning the leaves of autumn on All Souls Day, November 1. The artist bases his paintings on photographs and field sketches that he makes in the country near his Nebraska home. The scenes appear to be very site-specific, but Jacobshagen says that they are composites of many locations, a multitude of vistas consolidated into one vision.