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- Following the Vietnam War, refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos settled in America. This was often a treacherous journey. The boy in Jamie Wyeth’s painting, Kalounna in Frogtown, was a Laotian immigrant who had relocated to rural Pennsylvania with his family.
- Part of a family of American artists, Jamie Wyeth continues their realistic style, but also incorporates a sense of mystery and tension that is difficult to define. This painting contains a series of contrasts, many of which describe how Kalounna is both integrated into this landscape and set apart from it.
Read an article from 1980 about Laotian refugees “Refugees Pour Out of Laos, Seeking New Life” at the Washington Post
More to think about
The video talks about how Jamie Wyeth had Kalounna sign the painting along with his own signature, and that this gives Kalounna agency. What do you think means? Why do you think Wyeth might have wanted Kalounna to sign this portrait?