Washday

Attributed to
Hunter, Clementine, American, ca. 1886 - 1988
Subject of
Melrose Plantation, American, founded 1832
Date
1950s
Medium
oil paint on fiberboard
Dimensions
H x W x D (painting): 23 15/16 × 23 15/16 × 1/4 in. (60.8 × 60.8 × 0.6 cm)
H x W (framed): 29 15/16 × 31 7/16 in. (76 × 79.9 cm)
Description
An oil painting depicting a washday scene in rural Louisiana. At the top of the painting, swaths of blue, white, grey and pink depict a partially cloudy sky. At upper-center right is a green house with a red door, red-trimmed windows, a red central chimney, and a smaller black angled chimney at the right of the roof from which smoke emerges. There are three descending diagonal lines of images across the left of the painting. The top diagonal is a line of three green-topped trees. A man sits leaning against the trunk of the central tree, holding a red object to his mouth. The next diagonal is a woman, wearing a red dress and white apron, hanging sheets and clothes on a green clothesline. To the right of the clothesline, at the center of the painting, a woman wearing a blue dress and white apron sits in a red chair. She is holding what appears to be a baby dressed in yellow. The next diagonal is another, smaller clothesline on which a pair of red socks and other blue and yellow items are hung. Across the bottom edge of the painting, almost horizontal, is a row of figures. At left is a man wearing a red hat, scarf, green shirt and black trousers wheeling a red wheelbarrow that contains a yellow sack. Next is a woman wearing a green hat, blue dress and white apron, washing clothes. Next is a woman wearing a white hat, yellow dress and white apron, heading towards a short path that leads to a large black cauldon. Last is a green tree, on the other side of which is a woman wearing a blue hat, green dress and white apron, washing clothes. The painting is signed "CH" at lower right.
Place depicted
Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Visual Arts
Type
oil paintings
Topic
American South
Art
Domestic life
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
2014.176.7
Restrictions & Rights
© Cane River Art Corporation
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd54c0b2853-a65e-4b52-91d1-576da341850f
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