Figure of Man with Grapes
This dapper gentleman probably served as a trade sign for a tavern or inn. The style of his suit suggests a date about 1860. The abstraction found in folk art derives from a natural economy of style and concentration on essentials, rather than from as aesthetic theory. Many artists of the 1920, such as Elie Nadelman and William Sorach, however, were attracted to and influenced by folk art because of its affinity with modern abstract art.
- Medium: Wood, metal wire, bone
- Place Made: Wells, Maine, United States
- Dates: ca. 1860
- Dimensions: 16 x 7 1/8 x 4 7/8 in. (40.6 x 18.1 x 12.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Making Art: Centennial Era, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 2000.80
- Credit Line: Gift of The Guennol Collection
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Figure of Man with Grapes, ca. 1860. Wood, metal wire, bone, 16 x 7 1/8 x 4 7/8 in. (40.6 x 18.1 x 12.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Guennol Collection, 2000.80. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Carved wooden figure of man, primitive style, painted gray-green. Man stands on a low cylindrical base and holds aloft an oversized bunch of grapes in proper right arm; his proper left arm is bent at elbow and extends perpendicular to the figure's body. He is dressed in a suit, knee-high boots, and Derby hat. Eyes are bone. Grapes are attached to wires threaded through hole in figure's hand. Left hand is in a gripping position with hole bored through the fist, probably for attaching a now lost component (perhaps a wineglass). Condition: Very good; minor wear, appears to be missing a component.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)