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This 36" x 36" is an original oil on canvas by Michael Pfleghaar. This iconic mid-century modern home was designed by Philip Johnson. I fell in love with this house when I visited a few years ago. The way the architecture and landscape blend together harmoniously has always fascinated me. My interest is part documentation and part design. I want to design the compositions as carefully as the architects designed the homes and landscapes surrounding them.

This canvas is stretched on 2" stretcher bars and painted black so it needs no framing. Wired and ready to hang.

More about the house from Wikipedia:

The Glass House or Johnson house, built in 1949 in New Canaan, Connecticut, was designed by Philip Johnson as his own residence and is widely considered to be a masterpiece in the use of glass. It was an important and influential project for Johnson and for modern architecture. The building is an essay in minimal structure, geometry, proportion, and the effects of transparency and reflection. The estate includes other buildings designed by Johnson that span his career.

The house is an example of one of the earliest uses of industrial materials like glass and steel in home design. Johnson lived at the weekend retreat for 58 years, and since 1960 with his longtime companion, David Whitney, an art critic and curator who helped design the landscaping and largely collected the art displayed there.

Artist Michael Pfleghaar has made Grand Rapids, Michigan his home since 1983 and is best known for his colorful oil drawings and paintings. His style is expressive and exaggerated, dealing with subjects ranging from still life, furniture and interior spaces to abstraction. His paintings often portray inanimate objects with animate characteristics in their movement, shape and posture. Pfleghaar is extremely conscious of how objects relate to one another, choosing to create “visual conversations” through the composition of elements.

After graduating from Grand Valley State College in 1989 with a BFA in painting, Michael returned to school to pursue his Graduate degree in art. In 2011 Pfleghaar received his MFA in visual arts from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. An exhibition of thesis work was on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum titled “Reinforcing Objecthood” in February 2012.

“The threads that tie my paintings together are the compositional relationships of figure to ground. Mid-century modern decorative objects such as chairs and vases provide the beginning of my intuitive process of image making. While based in material references, the paintings depart from reality through the abstraction and reduction of the elements to a visually rich state beyond recognition.”

During his career, Michael Pfleghaar has received numerous awards and honors for his work, both nationally and regionally. In addition to his artwork being featured in Studio Visit, Metropolitan Home, Solace, and American Craft Magazines, Pfleghaar’s pieces are in the permanent art collections including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Steelcase Inc., Neiman Marcus, Herman Miller and the State of Michigan Governor’s Residence.


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SALE Philip Johnson Glass House Mid Century Modern Architecture Oil Painting


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: canvas, oil, varnish, stretcher bars
  • Only ships within United States.
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