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The Farm (Three Houses)

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Amanda Snyder is well known for her paintings of birds, dolls, clowns, and still life, but her renderings of architectural structures are less frequently seen even though they comprise a significant category of her work. She said that beginning in the 1930s "I built my little city of cardboard houses. They were my models. That is what Price used to do. But I did it even before I knew Price." Whether or not she worked from models in this painting, the block-like shapes and close clustering of the houses suggest the possibility. Clayton Sumner Price, generally recognized as Oregon's first great modernist painter, settled in Portland in 1929, and Snyder met him that year. Price, Snyder, and their mutual friend Charles Heaney, who also painted from architectural models, became artistic soul mates beginning in the 1930s.