Shades of Gray and Blue Collection
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A Southern Cornfield, Nashville, Tennessee
A Southern Cornfield, Nashville, Tennessee
File Nameshades_twg_0001.jpg
CreatorWood, Thomas Waterman
TitleA Southern Cornfield, Nashville, Tennessee
Date1861
GenrePaintings
Material/TechniqueOil on canvas
Dimensions28 x 40 inches
DescriptionThis painting depicts eight African Americans of varying ages working in a field of corn. The moment shown appears to be a break for water.
Historical noteThomas Waterman Wood, 1823-1903, a native of Vermont, trained as an artist in Boston and New York and travelled in Europe before settling in Nashville in 1859. He was drawn to the cosmopolitan southern city by the promise of portrait commissions, but he undertook this genre painting, for which he hired models, on his own. He left Nashville in 1862 and later painted a number of images of African Americans that illustrated the transition from slave status to citizen.
SubjectUnited States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans.
ThemeWalking a Fine Line
StoryArtists overview
Geographic LocationUnited States--Tennessee--Nashville
Time period1860-1869
Contributing InstitutionWood Art Gallery, Montpelier, VT
RightsImages reproduced on this website are intended for individual, educational use only. For research inquiries about specific objects or requests for high resolution images, contact the Wood Art Gallery.
TypeStill image
Formatimage/jp2
Digital PublisherDigital Initiatives, James E. Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University
Reference URLhttp://content.mtsu.edu/u?/shades,51
Archival fileshades11/shades_twg_0001.jpg
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