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Object ID Number SAM 1948.21
Object Name Print
Artist Gwathmey, Robert
Title Singing and Mending
Date 1946
Culture American
Copyright Estate of Robert Gwathmey/ Licensed by VAGA, New York
Credit line Museum Acquisition Fund
Exhibit Label Robert Gwathmey was a social realist painter known for his stylized depictions of rural life in the American south. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Gwathmey was a lifelong social activist and believed that artistic expression could not be separated from social issues.

Inspired by the work of Matisse and Picasso, Gwathmey reduced his fiures to bold, flat planes of color placed against starkly minimal backgrounds. His portraits of mostly African American sharecroppers emphasize an admiration for the physical work and communal lifestyle of agrarian subcultures of the American south in the 1930s.

"Singing and Mending" depicts two figures seated in an interior space. Reduced to angular forms, our attention is drawn to the extreme diagonal line of thread, pulled taut through the cloth. This quiet moment imparts a dignity to the work of these world-weary figures.
Medium Screenprint
Material Paper/Ink
Image size 12" H x 14 1/4" W
Signed Name "Gwathmey"
Signature Location at upper left in ink
Currently on view No
People Gwamthey, Robert
Subjects Guitar
Sewing
Mending