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Angel

William Edmondson

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries, 5th Floor
The son of enslaved parents, William Edmondson did not begin to sculpt until 1931, when the Nashville hospital where he worked as an orderly closed. A deeply religious man, he believed he had a divine calling to carve tombstones. Gradually, he extended the scope of his work to include small animals and figures. Angel conveys the essence of his art in its directness and simplicity. The pitted limestone surface recalls the weathered early American and African American tombstones that were sources for many of his motifs.
MEDIUM Limestone
DATES n.d.
DIMENSIONS 18 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 7 in. (47.0 x 34.3 x 17.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Unsigned
COLLECTIONS American Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 87.28
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection
RIGHTS STATEMENT Orphaned work
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CAPTION William Edmondson (American, 1874-1951). Angel, n.d. Limestone, 18 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 7 in. (47.0 x 34.3 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 87.28
IMAGE overall, 87.28_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Blocky and simplifed figure of angel standing on a rectangular plinth with hands clasped in front of belly, wings attached to hooded cloak that falls to floor around body, surfaces roughly hewn and pocked.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (83%)
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