William Schwedler

(Chicago, Illinois, 1942 - 1982, New York, United States)

Sadly Mistaken


Acrylic and oil on canvas

72 x 84 in. (182.9 x 213.4 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Purchased with funds from the L. L. Bottsford Estate Fund


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Although this image is painted in a slick, sharply defined style typical of much Pop and cartoon-inspired art, its mood reflects none of the humor often found in those styles. This vastly enlarged section of chain link fence, painted in somber colors, connotes being locked out of, or into, someplace. That may reflect the prevailing political climate when this piece was painted, a time when the Vietnam War and the Cold War were both oppressive presences in American life.


Verso: signed, titled and dated in black; signed "Wm Schwedler"

Oil painting