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Man and Woman

1982 William Dawson Born: Huntsville, Alabama 1901 Died: Chicago, Illinois 1990 painted and carved wood A (woman): 17 1/2 x 5 5/8 x 3 in. (44.5 x 14.3 x 7.6 cm.) B (man): 18 3/8 x 6 3/4 x 3 in. (46.7 x 17.1 x 7.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.56A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27A

Luce Center Label

These figures were made as a couple, intended to be displayed together. Their clothing is the only thing that distinguishes the male from female, as their features and shapes are very similar. William Dawson emphasized the eyes and teeth of his figures by exaggerating their size and painting them a bright white.


Figure female - full length

Figure group

Figure male - full length


folk art