Untitled (Twins)

Copied Eddy Mumma, Untitled (Twins), ca. 1978 - 1986, oil on board, 24 × 24 in. (61.0 × 61.0 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Josh Feldstein, 2015.56.8R-V

Artwork Details

Untitled (Twins)
ca. 1978 - 1986
24 × 24 in. (61.0 × 61.0 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Josh Feldstein
Mediums Description
oil on board
  • Figure group — family — siblings
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Artwork Description

Eddy Mumma was named in honor of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Church of Christian Science, whom his parents admired. He began painting in 1969 following his wife’s premature death and at a time when his own physical health was deteriorating. His increasing interest in art may have marked a flagging faith. Around 1980, his style and output exploded. Regal, flamboyant, and colorful characters crowd within their rectangular frames, most often featuring large eyes and upraised hands. Mumma’s paintings seem to redirect a character that was once larger-than-life; as Mumma’s physical presence faded, his work came increasingly alive.