Big Red Barn

Jennifer Kaiser's avatar Jennifer Kaiser

Please vote for the Oil Painting ‪titled Big Red Barn. ‬ The subject of the painting shares major historical relevance. These Old barns and Farm House were part of the underground Railroad in Southwest Michigan (Allegan County). The underground Railroad was a network of secret routes as well as safe houses during the 19th century, for people escaping from enslaving. The Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad. It got its name because its' activities had to be carried out in secret, using darkness (night/time) or disguise. Railway terms were used by those involved with the system to describe how it worked. Due to the nature of the secret underground network it wasn't so well-coordinated as popular stories suggest and relied on spontaneity as well as vital moments of opportunity. Big Red Barn depicts this well within the gestural brush strokes and fluid movement of the piece.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3/4 inch
  • Medium: Oil
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 20 inches