Medium and Support:
Graphite and watercolor on paper
Gift of Emily Sibley Watson
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Cindy Culbert, Curatorial Consultant Speaking on Arthur B. Davies’ Oxen Under Trees
My name is Cindy Culbert and I am a curatorial consultant for the MAG. I chose Arthur B. Davies' watercolor Oxen Under Trees painted around 1927 because of my conflicted feelings about his life and work. Part of me respects him for the role he played in the development of American Art. He was instrumental in two of the most important exhibitions of the 20th century, as an artist in the first and an organizer of the second. Another part of me doesn't respect him at all because of the double life he led. Upon his death it was discovered that he had another family in New York City while his wife and children lived on a farm in the Hudson Valley. On top of that, I just don't like most of his oil paintings. But he also did prints, drawings and water colors and those I can't deny enjoying immensely.
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