The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops, but the kind of man that the country turns out.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude, 1870. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

  • Abraham Rattner, "The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops, but the kind of man that the country turns out."--Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude, 1870. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man., 1958, gouache and pencil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.245

Title
The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops, but the kind of man that the country turns out.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude, 1870. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Artist
Date
1958
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 30 3811 12 in. (77.229.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Container Corporation of America

Mediums
Mediums Description
gouache and pencil on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – head
  • Abstract
Object Number
1984.124.245
Palette
Linked Open Data
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