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Non-Fiction

1943
29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 61 cm)

Robert Gwathmey
American (1903 - 1988)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1951.7
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: Encyclopedia Britannica Collection

In the 1940s, Robert Gwathmey focused his artist’s eye upon the lives of African-American sharecroppers in the South. Non-Fiction shows a common sight on southern farms; older children tended to the young when both parents worked all day in the fields. The barbed wire and minstrel figure symbolize the dual oppressions of segregation and racism.

[Gallery label text, 2007]

Provenance
Purchased by the Encyclopedia Britannica Collection of Contemporary American Painting, Chicago, IL; purchased by Senator William Benton, CT, 1948; purchased by the Gallery in 1951

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Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on Robert Gwathmey's Non-Fiction, written by Michael Kammen.


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