Fool’s House (1962) by Jasper Johns

Fool's House - Jasper Johns - 1962

Artwork Information

TitleFool's House
ArtistJasper Johns
MediumOil on Canvas with objects
Dimensions182.9 x 91.4 cm (72 x 36 in.)
Current LocationCollection Mr. Juan Christophe Castelli

About Fool's House

Jasper Johns’ well-known piece, Fool’s House, created in 1962 features a painted household broom hung on a hook. The lithograph created later in 1972 expands on imagery from the painting. Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles produced the lithograph, which was given to the Tate collection in 1978.

Johns explores commonplace objects and common signs such as flags and targets in his work. In Fool’s House, he transforms ordinary objects into images that evoke deeper meaning. The simple but powerful image shows how an everyday object like a broom can speak to larger ideas about labor and class.

The artwork is part of a larger exhibit of Jasper Johns’ works called “Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror.” Viewing this piece allows for an intimate look into his early career and artistic foundation while showing how he pushed boundaries by transforming commonplace items into fine art masterpieces.

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