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Resting

1944 Claude Clark Born: Rockingham, Georgia 1915 Died: Oakland, California 2007 oil on canvas 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Harmon Foundation 1967.57.32 Not currently on view


Exhibition Label

The title, Resting, coupled with the man's bare feet and everyday clothes, suggest that he is taking a momentary break from farm work. Although his eyes are hidden by a red hat, his face is attentive as he regards the unseen viewer. The palette of ochres, blues, reds, and greens and the loose shapes of his body and the landscape behind him are liberally laid down with a palette knife. Although Clark was born in Georgia, where his father worked as a tenant farmer, his family was part of the great migration of African Americans who moved from rural southern towns to the urban North in the 1920s.

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Keywords

Ethnic - African-American

Figure male - full length

Landscape

State of being - mood - weariness

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas