Detail View

Jane Reed and Dora Hunt
Date: 1950
Dimensions: image: 9 7/8 x 13 3/16 in. (25.1 x 33.5 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: In discussing the sources of inspirations for his work, Clarence Carter said, “It is the mysterious and magical elements in life which have always captivated me, things suggested but only partly seen.” This lithograph, based on his painting in the Museum of Modern Art, possesses such qualities. The subject was not unusual or strange during the Depression years: two women search for pieces of coal along a railroad track in Kentucky. But Carter’s treatment of the figures, their backs tot eh viewer and heads shrouded in sunbonnets, encourages a more imaginative interpretation. In their evocations of mystery and silence, the Midwestern scenes that Carter depicted in the 1930s and 40s anticipate the surreal images of his later work.
Object Number: 1977/8.50
Currently not on view