Monthly Archives: April 2012

THOMAS HART BENTON: The Sources of Country Music, c.1975

Thomas Hart Benton was eighty-four in 1973, when he came out of retirement to paint a mural for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. His assignment was to describe the regional sources of the musical … Continue reading

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ROMARE BEARDEN: The Dove, c.1964

The figure of the dove in Romare Bearden’s collage perches unobtrusively on a ledge above a busy Harlem, New York, street scene. The artist created the essence of a vibrant, ever changing neighborhood by gluing cut-up photographs, clippings from newspapers … Continue reading

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JACOB LAWRENCE: The Migration Series, no. 57, 1940–1941

Jacob Lawrence did not need to look far to find a heroic African American woman for this image of a solitary black laundress: his mother had spent long hours cleaning homes to support her children. Both she and the artist’s … Continue reading

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EDWARD HOPPER: House by the Railroad, c.1925

The sunlight illuminating House by the Railroad is bright enough to cast deep shadows on the stately Victorian mansion, but not to chase away an air of sadness. The painting expresses Edward Hopper’s central theme: the alienation of modern life. … Continue reading

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT: Fallingwater, c.1935–1939

Fallingwater is a man-made dwelling suspended above a waterfall. It offers an imaginative solution to a perennial American problem: how to enjoy a civilized life without intruding upon the natural world. Especially in the United States, which had once possessed … Continue reading

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