O. Louis Guglielmi (1906–1956) Tumblers, 1942 Oil on composition board, 10 x 8 in.
O. Louis Guglielmi (1906–1956) Tumblers, 1942 Oil on composition board, 10 x 8 in.

O. Louis Guglielmi (1906–1956) Tumblers, 1942 Oil on composition board, 10 x 8 in.

This small gem of Magic Realism depicts three stacked, tottering chairs. They appear to be celebrating their escape from the darkness of their urban interior into the dazzling sunshine bathing the sidewalk. Exhibited at the seminal exhibition of Magic Realism at MoMA and from the personal collection of the museum’s influential curator, Dorothy Miller, this whimsical work is a deviation from the artist’s earlier somber and political themes. The hopeful image of “Tumblers” embodies what we are all looking forward to right now: an escape into the sunlight. —Margot Chvatal, Vice President