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Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1916-1918
Artist/Maker: Maurice Brazil Prendergast
Classification: Paintings

With The Bathing Cove, circa 1918, the American modernist Maurice Prendergast continued to explore a theme that had preoccupied him for decades: groups of figures, decoratively arranged into a frieze-like formation, in a bucolic outdoor setting. Here, bathers are gathered on a grassy knoll by the water’s edge, while sailboats bob in the distance.

Collection: American Art
Date: 2000
Artist/Maker: Martin Puryear
Classification: Prints

Martin Puryear’s Cane reveals the artist’s ongoing interest in African American history and culture. Sculptures in the artist’s oeuvre, such as Some Lines for Jim Beckwourth, 1978, collection of the artist, and Ladder for Booker T. Washington, 1996, Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, pay tribute to significant African American figures. Cane is Puryear’s response to an important literary work from the Harlem Renaissance, Cane by Jean Toomer.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1965
Artist/Maker: Robert Gwathmey
Classification: Paintings

Painted in the mid-1960s, after the heyday of Abstract Expressionism and during the ascendancy of Minimalism and Pop Art, Belle is a compelling example of Robert Gwathmey’s steadfast commitment to Social Realism. Its acquisition for Reynolda House Museum of American Art is well documented and its meaning has been thoroughly explicated by the artist and others. In November 1978, Barbara B.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917-1918
Classification: Furniture

The six-legged walnut bench in the William and Mary style with cut-velvet upholstery has carved inverted balusters for legs and six Spanish feet (curled inward at bottom). The legs are tied together underneath with a complicated arrangement of molded stretchers. The stretchers on the two long sides are arched, each with six ornaments resembling fiddlehead ferns arranged as crowns. The upholstery was replaced, perhaps in the 1940s.