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    Portrait of Artist's Wife

    • Artist: Ralph Albert Blakelock, American, 1847-1919
    • Medium: Watercolor
    • Collections:American Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 30.58
    • Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Ralph Albert Blakelock (American, 1847-1919). Portrait of Artist's Wife. Watercolor Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 30.58
    • Image: overall, 30.58.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Record Completeness: Adequate (58%)
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    Recent Comments
    21:41 01/11/2012
    Do not look like that, Cora
    I have done my best, and I do
    I paint and that is what I do...
    you know, you know, Cora;
    we have known each other
    since our childhood -
    O for the days of Vermont
    the summers of joy and fun
    when we were but children
    and our hopes were high -
    and my mind breaks and my heart weakens
    when I see you and the children now
    and that I cannot put food on the table
    give you the things you need
    I can paint, Cora - oh for the life of me, I can -
    but I do not know how to haggle,
    how to beat the mind of those who undervalue my work
    I walk in the world an innocent,
    strange they call me, Cora
    I try, I try - O I try
    I paint plaques and decorations if necessary -
    but the money, the money eludes me
    it is only paint that sticks;
    and I can paint
    and that is all I know and that I can do
    when the agony blows like cruel storms in my mind
    You know, I try, O you know
    my spirit nearly breaks
    Cora, Cora, Cora
    I have done my best, I do
    to put bread and meat on the table
    for the children and you
    but money eludes me, it eludes me
    I paint and that is what I do -
    you know, you know, Cora
    Do not look like that, Cora

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