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Almost Home for Christmas

18 5/8 x 23 7/8 in. (47.3 x 60.6 cm)

John C. Wenrich
American (1894 - 1970)

Object Type: Watercolor
Medium and Support: Watercolor, gouache and graphite
Credit Line: Gift of James and Dorothy H. Green
Accession Number: 2005.225
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Location: Not currently on view

John C. Wenrich’s watercolor painting captures one of the ironies of modern technology: the occasional and spectacular failure of machines designed to make life more convenient. In Almost Home for Christmas, the family car has been bested by the snow. The application of good old-fashioned sweat and muscles of both man and beast is the only solution.

[label text for Modern Icon: The Machine As Subject in American Art exhibition, February 3 – March 6, 2012]

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