Southern Landscape (Southern Flood)
On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries, 5th Floor
Already committed to a realistic style and to African American subjects, Eldzier Cortor was on his way to the Georgia Sea Islands when he was inspired to paint this image. A languid young couple is shown picnicking before the backdrop of a valley that has been flooded to construct a hydroelectric dam. Cortor endowed the muscular figures with a calm stoicism, modeling their facial features on the fixed and powerful forms of African masks. According to the artist, “[It] was created from my feelings in the face of devastation, and the two figures represent youth with hope.”
Tempera and gesso on board
20 x 34 in. (50.8 x 86.4 cm)
frame: 26 x 40 x 1 1/2 in. (66 x 101.6 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Adler and bequest of Laura L. Barnes, by exchange
© Eldzier Cortor
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Eldzier Cortor (American, 1916-2015). Southern Landscape (Southern Flood), ca. 1944-1945. Tempera and gesso on board, 20 x 34 in. (50.8 x 86.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Adler and bequest of Laura L. Barnes, by exchange, 2006.2. © Eldzier Cortor
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