From a Window in Boston

Madeline Johnson, American, active mid - 20th century


not dated

Watercolor on paper

Sight: 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm)

Sight: 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed, lower right, in blue ink: Madeline/Johnson


The window frame divides the composition in half. The bottom is much more crowded with buildings, while the top contains only the peak of a steeple, an airplane, the string of the window shade, and the open sky. In contrast to the fixed architecture, the airplane flies towards us, connecting the viewer to the world outside.

Instead of aligning with the edge of the piece, the window frame tilts. The left side of the window frame is missing, which draws attention to the existence of the frame. The white buildings include the green of the frame along with the blue sky and the red accents of the airplane and architecture. The window frame thus acts both as an inherent part of the view and as an outside border which defines it.

From the 2023 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 113, On View: Windows in Art, curated by Leigh Smith '23, Erbe Intern

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 113, On View: Windows in Art, Leigh Smith '23, Erbe Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 1 - August 12, 2023.

Twentieth Annual Exhibition of the Boston Society of Independent Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts (work purchased from this exhibition), 1953.


Boston Society of Independent Artists; sold to present collection, 1953.

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