The Eyes

The Eyes

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Green Room | Art and The White House

My favorite public room at The White House is the Green Room. This intimate room with its green silk-covered walls is one of three parlors on the State Floor. The windows look out over the South Lawn toward the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument, adjoining the East Room, the Blue Room, and the Cross Hall on the first floor of the mansion.

Rich in historical significance and utilized in various ways by the presidents and first ladies, the art that adorns the walls of the Green Room is a microcosm of American art history. Works by George Bellows, John Marin, John Singer Sergant, and Gilbert Stuart comfortably reside together in this room's collection. Also hanging in the Green Room is Henry Ossawa Tanner's Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City, the first work by an African American artist to be added to the permanent White House collection.

Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City (1885) | Henry Ossawa Tanner

Three Children (1919) | George Bellows

The Builders (1947) | Jacob Lawrence
The Circus No. 1 (1950) | John Marin


Lynette A. Griffin said...


Susan G said...

It has been such a long time since I did a White House tour. I had no idea of all of this beautiful art. Love the Green Room as well. The paint in my kitchen is almost an exact match! Can I call it The Green Room?