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Sister Tuesday

A work made of painted poplar.

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  • A work made of painted poplar.

Date:

1934

Artist:

Leslie G. Bolling
American, 1898–1958

About this artwork

Sister Tuesday is one of a series of sculptures by self-taught artist Leslie Bolling, each one a sensitive rendition of the daily labors of African American men and women. He hand carved figures in soft poplar wood, here adding gold pigment to suggest the metallic surface of bronze. Although he considered his practice a hobby, his work soon drew the attention of art world critics and patrons of the Harlem Renaissance. He exhibited throughout the decade, and in 1938 helped found and taught at the Craig House Art Center, a Works Progress Administration community organization in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, which was the only one in the segregated South open to African Americans.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 263

Artist

Leslie Garland Bolling

Title

Sister Tuesday

Origin

United States

Date

1934

Medium

Painted poplar

Inscriptions

front: "Sister Tuesday" back: "L.G. Bolling/3-10-34"

Dimensions

H.: 33 cm (13 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior acquisition of the George F. Harding Collection; restricted gift of Charles C. Haffner III

Reference Number

2009.582

Extended information about this artwork

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