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.
Wood, metal wire, bone
16 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (41.9 x 19.1 x 13.3 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Gift of The Guennol Collection
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
Unknown. Figure of Man with Grapes, ca. 1860. Wood, metal wire, bone, 16 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (41.9 x 19.1 x 13.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Guennol Collection, 2000.80. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 2000.80_SL3.jpg)
overall, 2000.80_SL3.jpg., 2017
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
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.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.