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Top of the Ridge Albert Sheldon Pennoyer

Jeanette M. Smith, MD
JAMA. 2014;311(5):446-447. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279306.
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The exhilarating sense of freedom that comes with speed is irresistible, whether experienced via a fast sail slipping through the waves, on a full-bore gallop, or schussing down a snowy slope. In the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, this excitement will be evident in the fresh faces of Olympic hopefuls set against the backdrop of heart-stirring strains of national anthems. Painter Albert Sheldon Pennoyer (1888-1957) had a lifelong attraction to the thrill of movement, and locomotives would help fill the bill for him. His simple joy in motion was a favored motif and reflected in the gusto with which he granted glimpses into his world.

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Albert Sheldon Pennoyer (1888-1957), Top of the Ridge, no date, American. Oil on canvas. 76.6 × 101.7 cm. Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (http://americanart.si.edu/), Washington, DC; museum bequest of Albert Sheldon Pennoyer, 1961.11.7. Photo credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, New York, New York.



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