"Green Jug Between Squashed and Oval Chicken"

Grandma Miller, 1961, 17" x 21"

The inscription on the lower right-hand corner of this piece reads, "To Linda", but I'm not sure why Grandma Miller would want to give her granddaughter (?) this painting. There has been some speculation that the chickens depicted are actually oil & vinegar containers or a sugar & creamer set. However, these hypotheses do not hold water when the painting is looked at in its overall context. The green jug gives clear evidence that a feast is at hand, and the vessel is most likely filled with wine or other spirits. My hypothesis is that the two figures are real, albeit poorly executed, chickens ready for slaughter. A fine representative example of the late 20th Century Barnyard Art genre.

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