Detail View

Rural Delivery
Date: 1948
Dimensions: image: 9 3/4 x 13 1/8 in. (24.8 x 33.3 cm) sheet: 12 x 16 in. (30.5 x 40.6 cm) mat: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Medium: lithograph
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cornelia Robinson
Label Text: Sample first turned to art during a long recovery from tuberculosis and did not decide to make it his career until he was nearly thirty. His work was accepted from the beginning. His popular success came in part from an attitude that combined a sometimes sentimental fondness for his American subject matter with an interest in realist description. Sample’s art is primarily about people, what they do and the place in which they live. He rounded, stylized figures have something in common with Grant Wood and Doris Lee, but his way of setting him images against a monumental landscape is his own. In Rural Delivery, the major focus is the elongated, swayback horse. This particular image was used in so much of his work that it has been called the “Paul Sample Horse.”
Object Number: 1977/8.27
Currently not on view