Hoeing Corn

Attributed to
Hunter, Clementine, American, ca. 1886 - 1988
Subject of
Melrose Plantation, American, founded 1832
oil paint on fiberboard
H x W x D (Framed): 24 × 31 3/4 × 1 3/8 in. (61 × 80.7 × 3.5 cm)
H x W x D (Unframed): 16 1/8 × 23 7/8 × 3/16 in. (41 × 60.6 × 0.4 cm)
An oil painting depicting workers hoeing corn in rural Louisiana. At the top of the painting is a band of blue sky. Below the sky are two horizontal rows of people hoeing corn. In the top row, there are four people in between tasseled corn plants. The first figure, at left, faces right and is pushing a hand-held plow. The following three people are facing left, each holding hoes, and all are wearing hats and some wear aprons. In the second row are five people interspersed between tasseled corn plants. The first figure, at left, appears to be female. She faces right, and she is holding a container in her left hand and has a pouch on her right hip. The next two people are wearing hats and holding hoes. The fourth person is wearing a white hat and is bending over to the ground. The final person is facing to the left and pushing a hand-held plow. Behind the figures and corn plants, the background is painted in broad white brushstrokes. The painting is signed "CH" at the lower right.
Place depicted
Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Visual Arts
oil paintings
American South
Rural life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Rand and Dana Jack family, in honor of Rand's grandmother, Blythe Rand, who early recognized and supported the special talents of Clementine Hunter
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Cane River Art Corporation
2 image(s)