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Perilous Night Jasper Johns  
Perilous Night by  Jasper JohnsStickHandkerchiefSoldier detail on rightJohn Cage scoreCrosshatch paintingArmsEntire left side
Jasper Johns, Perilous Night, 1982, encaustic on canvas with objects, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection 1995.79.1


Almost all of Johns' images incorporate art history, art-making, found images, and references to his earlier works and experiences. Scholars have probed these sources, speculating on their many possible meanings.

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