Artwork of the Week: June 23, 2019
Mahonri M. Young (1877-1957), End of a June Day, c. 1931, oil on canvas, 36 x 29 inches. Brigham Young University Museum, gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Mahonri Young’s interest in human labor as a source of joy was wide-ranging. The scene of this painting is the Weir/Young Farm near Branchville, Connecticut. He enjoyed walking around the farm and kept written notes and sketches as reminders of his observations, such as: “broken granite stones, which form a kind of cliff,” and “a very old man, through the trees mowing the poverty grass among the tombs at the little cemetery.” Elements of these experiences are in this painting.