Courtyard (fine art print) by William Phillips
It is the perfect moonlit night for romance and the young couple enjoys a moment, perhaps not as private as they would like, by a gently undulating stream. A pun upon both “court” and “yard”, Courtyard captures a nostalgic moment of times not long past, when the Volkswagen, Beetle and Chevy Impala were shiny and new, and when a not-so-discreet chaperone (look up at one of the house’s second-story windows) keeps a sharp lookout.
After one of his paintings was presented to King Hussein of Jordan, Phillips was commissioned by the Royal Jordanian Air Force to create sixteen major paintings, many of which now hang in the Royal Jordanian Air Force Museum in Amman. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum presented a one-man show of Phillips’ work in 1986; he is one of only a few artists to have been so honored.
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