Art Abstracts: Lewandowski’s Cemetery

Looking for the answer to Art Abstracts? It’s Edmund Lewandowski’s Cemetery.


In Cemetery, Edmund Lewandowski meditates upon the most human of subjects: mortality. The painting relates most likely to the loss of his mother, who died when he was only seven. However, with the recent conclusion of World War II, it refers to loss on a grander scale. Lewandowski is often regarded as the “Last Precisionist.” After Lewandowski won the distinguished Jeu de Paume prize in Paris in 1938, the director of the Downtown Gallery, Edith Halpert, encouraged the Milwaukee-born artist to look to the Midwest for inspiration, resulting in paintings of barns, farm equipment, and industry that characterized his career.

Why is this painting significant this week? It’s part of our Beyond the Battlefield: Depictions of War exhibition that is currently on display in the Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Photography Gallery. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is collaborating with the University of Oklahoma’s Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama to merge two art forms. Students will perform Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, a Pulitzer-nominated play by Quiara Alegria Hudes, inside the museum this week! Admission is complimentary and seating is limited. Seats may be reserved via email at The play will be performed at 12:30 p.m., April 7; at 5:30 p.m., April 8; and at 7:30 p.m., April 9.


Edmund Lewandowski (U.S. 1914-1998)

Cemetery, 1946

Gouache on board, 22 x 30 in.

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma, Norman;

Purchase, U.S. State Department Collection, 1948


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